Following media report that the British Broadcasting Corporation’s correspondent in Liberia, Jonathan Paye-Layleh has left the country for fear of reprisals from President George Weah’s followers.
It can be recalled that the verbal altercations between the President and Jonathan began on March 22, during a media stakeout with the visiting United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Amina J. Mohammed and other foreign dignitaries, in which he (Jonathan) said the President accused him of being against him with his reportage.
Addressing the Ministry of Information regular press briefing on April 9, at the Ministry, Liberian Government Chief Spokesperson and Information Minister, Lenn Eugene Nage rubbished claims by Mr. Paye-Layleh that he is being chased by the Government and is seeking refuge in the United States, and further alleged that the BBC Liberia Correspondent was once a member of the armed faction, the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL).
Minister Nagbe addressing journalists at the news conference also accused Mr. Paye-Layleh of advocating for the NPFL war machinery during the Liberian civil war when he served as one of the editors of the Patriot newspaper which served as media arm of the rebel factions during the early days of the country’s brutal civil war.
Nagbe also noted with keen interest that President George Weah never took part in any war activities, but rather he advocated for all armed groups during the 1990 war to lay down arms, and be prepared for disarmament.