LIBERIA: Newspaper Publisher Says Government Must Pay For Ads, claiming it tries to harm its business

That's what a daily newspaper in Liberia is telling the government, saying it will start charging to publish official statements.

Liberia's "In-Profile Daily" posted a front-page notice Friday saying that because of financial constraints and "a controlled advertising environment from the government," it will on Monday start charging $75 to publish government press statements, releases and feeds from the state news agency.

Publisher Carlton Boah told The Associated Press this is to retaliate for the government allegedly telling advertisers not to do business with the newspaper, which has covered controversial issues such as corruption.

The Information Ministry wouldn't comment but pointed out that the newspaper's latest edition carried advertisements.

Liberia has a booming newspaper industry and more than 50 community radio stations.

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