Some senior members of the Liberian media community on Saturday morning, January 12, 2019 paid what many believed to be a surprise visit to the residence of the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill on the Monrovia/Robertfield highway.
According to a source closed to the GNN, the meeting with the Minister by the media executives was reportedly made possible through the arrangement of the media team from the presidency, apparently for some watering down mixed feelings between the Liberian media community and the executive.
According to our source, those who went over to the Minister’s residence were Mr. Philipbert Browne; Publisher of the Hot Pepper Newspaper, Philip Wesseh of the Inquirer Newspaper, Stanly Seekor of the Analyst Newspaper, and T-Max Jlateh of Sky Communications.
Our source who was also at the residence of the Minister said he was amazed and baffled as to see the high level media personalities trooping to the residence of the Minister the early hour of Saturday morning, “Probably, their visit may have been the result of settling the dust between the executive and some media stakeholders who over the past time have been bad mouthing the CDC led government of President George manneh Weah.
But speaking on their visit to the Minister’s residence, a member of the delegation, Philip Wesseh said the meeting with the Minister was not a surprise visit, and that it was properly arranged, and further denied via mobile phone that their going to the Minister’s residence was unexpected.
Speaking to the GNN, the Publisher of the Hot Pepper, Philipbert Browne confirmed the information that indeed they did visit the Minister considering the current unsatisfied relationship between the executive and the Liberian media.
In a related development, source closed to the GNN has also disclosed that the Minister of Finance, Planning and Development, Samuel Tweah is sponsoring a breakaway group of journalists from one of Liberia’s oldest newspapers, The Inquirer Newspaper to establish a newspaper to be named and styled: The Independent Inquirer Newspaper.
Observers believed this move on the part of Minister Tweah who during the early days of this Government said that the Liberian media will not receive a cent from the government George Weah CDC led government. The establishment and the financial support to a breakaway media group to form part establish a newspaper under his wing shows that indeed this government will not support the independent media