The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) has today announced the mourning of two journalists Tyron Brown and Abdullai Kamara who died respectively last Monday 16 April and Tuesday 17 April.
“We mourn the death of the two colleagues, and call on the Liberian Government to investigate and to clarify the context of the death of the two journalists.” said Abdulwaheed Odusile, President of FAJ.
On Monday 16 April, Tyron Brown, journalist working with the radio station Super FM in Monrovia was found dead. His body was found early on the Duport Road in Monrovia the Capital. According to media reports, his body was dropped off at his residence by some men in a black jeep at about 3:00AM on Monday morning. His belongings including cellphone, internet modem and money were found on his body. Tyron Brown worked as a reporter, camera operator and video editor at Super FM & TV, owned by Businessman.
The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has expressed shock over the vicious killing of journalist Brown, and has called for a speedy police investigation including an autopsy to determine the cause of the death. The killing of Tyron Brown has increased the level of fear in the journalism community in Liberia and has further strengthened the case for self-censorship in the traditional journalism sphere in Liberia. Tyron Brown’s unfortunate death comes in the wake of the escalation of threats and intimidation of journalists and the independent media by some officials of government, concluded the PUL.
According to media reports, Abdullai Kamara, outstanding journalist, former President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and media advocate, travelled on Monday, April 16, 2018, from Monrovia to Gbarnga, the Bong capital as a media consultant to implement a project for Solidaridad Network, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that helps civil society groups in the improvement of the ecosystem. While in his hotel room on Monday night 16 April, he complained of feeling dizzy and was rushed to the hospital that same Monday night, where he died in the morning of Tuesday 17 April.
The FAJ has expressed condolences to the Press Union of Liberia and to the families of the two journalists. The FAJ condemns the intimidation of journalists in their work, andcalls on President George Weah to prevail on his government to mitigate the state of fear in the media in Liberia and to allow journalists to operate freely in the country as outlined by the African Union in the Declaration of principles of freedom of expression in Africa.
The FAJ represents 50,000 journalists in Africa