Attacks on the freedom of press and the freedom of expression

Charles Taylor
1st African Head of State
on War Crimes Tribunal

  • Allegedly, Charles Taylor personally ordered the execution of two Nigerian journalists: Chris Imodibe and Tayo Awotusi.
    CPJ 2003
    Also see interview with Chidi Odinkalu

  • THREE YEARS SINCE HIS NATIONAL PATRIOTIC PARTY (NPP) came to power after multiparty elections ended a brutal, eight-year civil war, Liberian president Charles Taylor has become one of Africa's fiercest enemies of the press.

    ... silencing Star Radio (shut down) and Radio Veritas (suspended), arresting and harassing Liberian and foreign  journalists ...

    Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ),
    Annual Review 2000

  • Killing, harassment and imprisonment of journalists in Sierra Leone by RUF forces backed by Charles Taylor.
    Killed in Freetown in January 1999:
    James Ogogo, Concord Times, January 8.
    Jenner "J.C." Cole, SKY-FM, January 9.
    Mabay Kamara, free-lancer, January 9.
    Mohammed Kamara, SKY-FM, January 9.
    Paul Mansaray, Standard Times, January 9.
    Myles Tierney, The AP, January 10.
    Munir Turay, free-lancer, January.
    Alpha Amadu Bah, Independent Observer January 17.

    In 1999, Sierra Leone was the world's most dangerous country for journalists. 1999

    Also see the Special Report: Sierra Leone Freetown 1999 Journalism in the Killing Fields
    a breathtaking report by Claudio McElroy.


Charles Taylor
1st African Head of State
on War Crimes Tribunal



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