Liberia ALERT: Mayor orders detention of journalist

Nixon Todd, reporter of privately-owned Love FM radio station, was arrested and detained on the orders of Mary Broh, the mayor of Monrovia, capital of Liberia, for allegedly showing disrespect to her.

Todd was arrested while covering a monthly clean-up exercise and detained for more than an hour before being released without charges.

The release came after the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) had complained about the mayor’s attitude to the ministry of information.

The mayor justified her action saying that the journalist was rude to her and that she had to teach him a lesson.

The PUL condemned the action of the mayor and called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to restrain the mayor, who is known for insulting journalists and media institutions.

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