Taylor Trial: Liberian Media Failing the Public
A lawmaker with close ties to Charles Taylor appears to have paid this newspaper and this newspaper to write stories that will muddy the waters around the witnesses in the upcoming Taylor trial. He says there's a prosecution conspiracy to kidnap witnesses to testify against Taylor. Both stories are full of amateurish statements such as "many are of the belief", and "we have learnt reliably from very credible sources". Yeah.
On their face, the allegations strike me as extremely far-fetched, and it's telling that both of these nearly identical stories are based entirely on the testimony of one person. Why would the prosecution need to kidnap anyone? Taylor is an international pariah with tens of thousands of (alleged) victims. The Liberian media can and should do better than this.
Here's a related story from the AP, on the issue of protecting the witnesses.