-Gov’t Questions Rufus Neufville
By R. Joyclyn Wea
The Government of Liberia has questioned former member of the legislature, Rufus Neufville to provide source for which he thinks government sponsored the murdering of fallen Liberian Journalist, Tyron Browne.
Rufus D. Neufville
Commenting on the issue on Thursday at the Information Ministry’s regular press briefing, Deputy Information Minister for Press and Public Affairs, Eugene Fahngon bewailed “it is important to question him; where is his source, where is their tip, and how did you know that there was a tip?”
Rufus D. Neufville, former member of the House of Representatives and chief of protocol under the Ellen led government, on April 18, 2018 accused the Liberian government of sponsoring the gruesome killing of Super FM photo journalist, Tyron Browne, whose frightening death has sparked serious shock and concerns within the Liberian media landscape.
Addressing a team of reporters in Monrovia Wednesday, the former Montserrado county lawmaker claimed that the Liberian media is now under attack from the government, and that government growing indolence against the media and has also threatened free speech and of freedom of the press.
Fahngon further indicated that one might have conducted a credible investigation before coming up to such conclusion.
“I heard on the radio that Mr. George Kailondo is offering US$5,000 dollars for information into the gruesome death of journalist Tyron Browne but is at the same time blaming the government for the death of the journalist. what information you use to have derived at the conclusion that it is the government?” Fahngon questioned.
According to Minister Fahngon, it is not wrong for Kailondo to put his money wherever he wants to put it, but there is law enforcement and that people with information should channel them through the law enforcement because they are charged with authority to act on the information.
“Therefore, if Kailondo wants information and put his money out there, I think his pronouncement should be I will give anyone who give the police information leading to the perpetrators I will give them 5,000 dollars as their reward,” he said.
He asserted that George Kailondo is an attorney and as such, he should have facts before accusing people.
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