“Corruption Watch” Publisher Still Behind Bars For Calling Indian Honorary Consul General ‘Gay’, Begs For Mercy

lib2The publisher of a local weekly, The Corruption Watch who was sentenced to prison a month ago for publishing in his paper that the Honorary Consul General of India accredited to Liberia, Upjit S. Sachdeva, is involve in gay practices in Liberia is said to still be behind bars.

Mr. Roland Wowee was sentenced to the Monrovia Central Prison by the Monrovia Magisterial Court for libel and slander based upon complain filed by the Indian Consul General, stressing that the article published in the Corruption Watch newspaper publicly damaged his hard earned reputation over the years, and therefore prayed the court to have the accused detain to show cause why the allegation was made against him.

According to reports, the leadership of the Publisher Association of Liberia is making all efforts to appeal to Mr. Sachdeva to recosider his decision to release Mr. Wowee from further detention, and allow him to write an apology to be published in several local dailies for his wrongful doing.

Up to date the Press Union of Liberia has not come out to speak on the detention of one of its members, but a source closed to the leadership said the Union is not getting involve in the matter due to Mr. Wowee’s alleged refusal to come before it after the complain was filed by the Indian Consulate regarding the slanderous and libelous article written against him by Roland Wowee’s ‘Corruption Watch’ newspaper.

“The detention of this guy will make him to learn more lesson. Because he is always in the habit of damaging the reputation of prominent individuals in the Liberian society by blackmailing them through his paper without being professional,” Annie Sawyer who claimed she has been one of the victims of Roland Wowee’s paper.

Reporter gathered by the GNN through a visit at the Monrovia Central Prison over the weekend saw the Liberian journalist who is suffering from diabetes in an unhealthy situation, and needs serious medical attention.

In a chat with this outlet, Mr. Wowee who appeared very weak in his structure assured his victim (The Indian Consulate) that an apology will be written and publish in several local dailires when he is release from prison.

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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.