Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Rep. Murray vs. the New Democrat

The New Democrat newspaper is embroiled in a public feud with Rep. Kettehkumeun Murray, a prominent lawmaker who is wanted in the US for alleged attempted rape of a minor in North Carolina in 1996 [previous posts]. The other day, the paper printed a photo of him standing next to another lawmaker who's accused of illegally using her duty free privileges to make a profit on imported goods. In response, according to the paper, Murray visited the ND office and made various threats. Editor Tom Kamara notes that under previous governments, such threats could have been acted upon swiftly. This is an interesting test for press freedom in Liberia, and I can't wait to buy today's papers to see how Murray is reacting.


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