Sources closed to this outlet has hinted that the Saturday’s arranged meeting between some media executives and the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Mr. Nathaniel McGill on the Monrovia/Robertsfild highway was aimed at complaining the Minister of Finance, Development & Planning, Mr. Samuel Tweah for funding the breakaway of some journalists from one of Liberia’s leading dailies.
According to our source, over five employees of one the nation’s oldest newspapers, The Inquirer, resigned from the paper last week allegedly based on arrangement by the Minister of Finance, Development and Planning to establish his news outlet to be named The Independent Inquirer Newspaper, and is expected to appear on the newsstand on Monday, January 14, 2019.
The Saturday’s meeting, according to our source was centered around the complaint against Minister Tweah to his friend, Nathaniel McGill who is also a senior government official to let him know the role being played by Mr. Tweah for the breakaway.
The Managing Editor of The Inquirer, Philip Wesseh who report said has not been feeling well for the past months due to diabetes attack was accompanied by three senior medial managers including Philipbert S. Browne of the Hot Pepper Newspaper, Stanly Seeker of the Analyst Newspaper, and T-Max Jlateh of the Sky Communications in order to expressed their frustration over the behaviors of the Finance Minister.
Some Liberians, who spoke to this outlet regarding the breakaway, said the action of the Minister to fund a newspaper and group of professional journalists to manage it should have been done differently instead of naming the paper “The Independent Inquirer”, this has eventually affected the existence of the current newspaper.
However, there has been no confirmation from the Finance Minister Tweah of his alleged link to the breakaway.