The Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the FrontPage Africa
(FPA) Newspaper, Mr. Rodney Sieh
, was jailed on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the Monrovia Central Prison, amid public protest.
Mr. Sieh, a prominent Liberian journalist, was ordered jailed by the Civil Law for failing to pay the amount of US$1,534,000.00 and L$10,500 to the former Agriculture Minister Dr. Chris Toe for Damage of Libel.
In addition, Mr. Sieh
also failed to pay US$90,000 and L$6,800 as cost of the court.
persistently stated that he
did not do anything wrong.
, who appeared at the Temple of Justice
on late Wednesday's evening, took along with him tooth brush, toothpaste, towel etc. in readiness to be jailed.
According to our judicial reporter, the imprisonment of Journalist Sieh was occasioned by protest by his supporters on the grounds of the Temple of Justice situated on Capitol Hill, Monrovia.
Supporters of the jailed Liberian journalist protested his
The supporters held placards with several inscriptions that read: "Freedom of the press is under attack, Leave Rodney alone, the judicial system is corrupt."
There were several prominent human rights lawyers and advocacy groups as well as heads of media institutions on the grounds of the Temple of Justice
and Monrovia Central Prison in solidarity of Mr. Sieh
Brown-Bull said the time at which Mr. Sieh
was jailed was against the Liberian Constitution.
was jailed at 6:25Pm, which is totally wrong and against the Liberian Constitution.
I have nothing much to say, but I leave it with the public to judge," she