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Liberia - Newspaper editor jailed for inability to pay astronomical damages award

Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns FrontPage Africa editor Rodney Sieh's imprisonment after Liberia's supreme court upheld a decision ordering him to pay former agriculture minister Chris Toe 1.6 million dollars (1.2 million euros) in libel damages. On 20 August, a judge ordered the newspaper's closure and Sieh's detention pending payment and, as a result, Sieh was jailed yesterday after he said he would not pay. “The supreme court's decision is an unacceptable violation of freedom of (...)

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