AKAKPUL The Press Union of Liberia says it is concerned about the arrest and detention of News Paper Publisher Phillibert Brown through a law suit filed against him by a Liberian lawmaker.

Mr. Brown was arrested on Friday and detained at the Monrovia Central Prison after attempt by his legal defense team to file a valid bond failed.

In a Press statement released in Monrovia, acting Press Union of Liberia President Jallah E. Grayfield, III, said the Union is closely following the development over the arrest of Mr. Brown and challenged the court to respect his civil liberties and his presumption of innocence before the law.

The Union says in a civilized democracy where the media is striving to de-criminalize harmful media laws and speech offenses, it is shocked that the court would still be treating civil cases as criminal.

Media has always been the best mode of mass communication. It plays several roles in stabilizing a democracy when required. It should never be allowed to misuse the powers for wrong intentions. Cases as this should be put under repeated investigations to find what the root cause was and how media has influenced it. Once the important source is retrieved, we can get to bring in force the right regulations to get strict laws in place. If it is the other way round, where the media is unnecessarily inflicted then that also needs effective rectification. The freedom of media should serve the right purpose in driving the nation forward and not bringing up criminal thoughts that can spread across generations. Publishers have to take a close call when every single thought process is produced in the written form on newspapers.

“In as much we believe that people who feel injured in whatever means must test the law through the court, we don’t equally want the law to be used in an unconventional way to punish people,” Grayfield said.

A Liberian lawmaker, Prince Moye of Bong County, recently filed a law suit against the Publisher of the Hot Pepper Newspaper for defamation of character.

The Press Union of Liberia says it is concerned about the arrest and detention of News Paper Publisher Phillibert Brown through a law suit filed against him by a Liberian law maker.

Mr. Brown was arrested on Friday and detained at the Monrovia Central Prison after attempt by his legal defense team to file a valid bond failed.