The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has decried the alleged manhandling of journalists by state security officers as a calculated ploy to intimidate and harass the independent media.
In a statement issued in Monrovia on Wednesday, the PUL indicated that no government which believes in the rule of law and value of the independent media would condone such attacks against journalists.
The Press Union’s statement comes in the wake of reports of Liberian journalists being manhandled by officers of the Liberia National Police in recent times.
It can be recalled that in the last one week, several Liberian journalists have become victims of police brutality including Leila Gbati of the Women Voices Newspaper and Alloycious David of The News Newspapers.
The two were allegedly manhandled in Monrovia recently by officers of the Police Support Unit, PSU, when they had gone to cover the private schools teachers who converged at the Foreign Ministry last week to petition the President to intervene in the payments of their Ebola benefits.