Monrovia court officials finally ordered that the offices of the independent weekly Forum Newspaper could reopen on 15 March despite managing editor Augustus Fallah’s refusal to pay a supplementary fine of 500 Liberian dollars (10 US dollars). Fallah refused on the grounds that, in his view, the court officials were just solliciting a "bribe."
The reopening had originally been due to take place on 11 March, after the newspaper paid a fine of 200 US dollars. But the court then delayed it while trying to get Fallah to pay the additional sum. The newspaper reappeared in news stands on 16 March.