UPDATE: Civil Law Court Detain Newspaper Publisher For Libel

Mr. Philipbert Brown, Publisher of The Hot Pepper
Mr. Philipbert Brown, Publisher of The Hot Pepper

The Civil Law Court has arrested and detained the Publisher of the Hot Pepper Newspaper, Mr. Philipbert Brown on allegation of libel and slander, for his paper (The Hot Pepper) publishing article that Bong County District # 2 Representative, Prince Moye has raped a fourteen years old  in Monrovia.

The Hot Pepper Publisher was picked up  Friday after and taken to the Monrovia Central Prison by court officers where he is spending his second night.

Information gathered from the Civil Law Court has also indicated that the Publisher of the People’s newspaper, Alfred Togba is currently being pursuit by officers of the court for similar charges.

The Hot Pepper in its Thursday, October 6, 2016 edition captured “During Ebola Time: I Lost My Virginity” the paper quoting the alleged rape victim, said in 2013 the Liberian lawmaker used one of his boys in his yard to befriend her for their boss.

She said after committing the act (Rape), the lawmaker showered her with gifts during last year Christmas season and encouraged her to be around him all of the time during his leisure.

She told the paper that during the heat of the Ebola crisis when the lawmaker to advantage of her and forcibly raped her.

The paper also quoting the alleged victim by saying that when the news of her alleged rape  started to spread in the community, the lawmaker sent his yard boy who earlier befriend her to leave for a village in order to concede the information.

The People’s newspaper was the first to feature this article, but its Publisher is yet to be arrested.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.