Amid Reports Of McGill’s Wealth And Others, Unidentified Individuals Threaten The Life Of GNN Publisher Via Text Messages

Joel Cholo Brooks, Publisher, GNN-Liberia

The Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the independent Global News Network Incorporated which publishes an online newspaper www.gnnliberia.com, Joel Cholo Brooks has disclosed that his life is been threatened every day via text messages from unidentified individuals on recent report of designated sanctions government officials.

According to the Publisher, many of the text messages received on his both phone numbers (Orange and Lone Star) warned him to abandon reporting on those who have been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department for their alleged involvement in continues corruption.

“Since you think you know more be prepared to meet us face to face”, one of the threatening messages received on his phone warned.  These threatening messages and calls, according to Mr. Brooks will not deter him not to perform his journalistic duties by adequately informing the public about happenings in the country objectively.

Explaining more to reporters over the weekend, Mr. Brooks said prior to publishing one of the stories that have generated over 10,000 viewers, entitled: UBA Ghana Reportedly Blocked Nathaniel McGill’s $4M Account – Int’l Source” all professional aspects were applied including making contact with Mr McGill via both text messages and calls to verify the information prior to its publication, but instead the sanctions designee did not care to pick up his phone in order to denounce or confirm the allegation.

Mr. Brooks said to his utmost surprise, the following day a reaction to the report was featured in a local daily, the FPA rubbishing the GNN article, a situation, Mr. Brooks amazed him, wondering why Minister McGill did not address the issue concern with the paper that published the article.

Meanwhile, Mr. Brooks said he has written the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), and the United States embassy accredited near Monrovia about the threat on his life.

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