Minister Fahngon Welcomes Journalist Paye-Layleh Back Home

BBC Stringer Jonathan Paye-Layleh

(LINA) – Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs Eugene L. Fahngon has welcomed back home BBC stringer Jonathan Paye-Layleh after he left the country claiming he feared for his life.

Speaking Tuesday on a local radio show via mobile phone, Fahngon disclosed that the journalist is currently in Liberia, which signifies that the security and protection of all Liberians, including journalists, is guaranteed.

Recently, President Weah held a tete-a-tete with media executives to assure them of government’s commitment to freedom of the press and free expression amidst claims of fear among few media practitioners.

It can be recalled that Paye-Layleh traveled to the United States of America claiming that he was threatened by a statement President George Weah made to him during a press stakeout recently.

The Ministry of Information clarified that the comments made by the president was an opinion not a physical or verbal threat.

Meanwhile, Press Union of Liberia president Charles Coffey has also welcomed Paye-Layleh to Liberia and urged media practitioners to perform their duties freely.

Mr. Coffey further revealed that Paye-Layleh went to his office and signed the Book of condolence for the passing of the former PUL President K. Abdullai Kamara.

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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.
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