Reporters Without Borders

Forum Newspaper allowed to reopen its offices

Published on Thursday 24 March 2005.
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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.

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