Dozens of local and foreign journalists who had gathered at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) as early as 9am upon the invitation of the Information Ministry to listen to the Liberian Minister of Defense on what actually led to the reported discovering of ‘Strange armed men and the shooting Sporadically’ in western Liberia last weekend was deferred at the amazed of anxious journalists.
Announcing this ‘unwanted’ news to journalists after nearly an hour waiting at the Charles Gbeyon Conference Hall, Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Isaac Jackson in his usual flamboyance address at the MICAT regular press conference said, “Ladies and gentlemen of the press, I have good and bad news for you. The good news is we appreciate you coming here as early as this morning, and the bad news is we regret to inform you that this press conference has been deferred to another date,” the Minister’s statement was received with mixed reactions from journalists who had gone over to get the facts surrounding the western Liberia shooting.
Some of the journalists who spoke to the GNN following the pronouncement by the Deputy Information boss expressed frustration of not getting the news from the Defense Minister whose men including the Liberia National Police Emergency Response Unit were called in to move into the troubled areas, “This is not healthy for Liberia today, especially when news of strange armed men and shooting in Bomi County cannot be clearly explained to the Liberian people is totally disheartened, what can we tell the public about what took place in that part of the Country,” one of the local journalists who was at the hall noted.
For the ordinary Liberians who were eager to listen to the Defense Minister live on local radio stations in Monrovia and other community radio stations around the country are expressing disappointments in the government for its failure to openly come out to inform the Liberian people about the report.
“History is repeating itself, we can remember during the days of Samuel Doe when it was alarmed that some group of armed men were infiltrating through Nimba County to launch an attack on Liberia, this information was down played until rebels hit Liberia killing thousands of innocent citizens,” Mabel Jacobs a resident of Monrovia in a chat with our staff noted.
It is not clear as to what are the real facts being obtained from that troubled areas by authorities in the security sector, and how soon the Liberian people should be informed of this situation.
In a related development, a reporter from the GNN is currently in the County to bring in more detail from the troubled area. Detail will follow in our subsequent posting.