The management of the Capitol Times Newspaper has sincerely apologized to House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay over a story published in its May 5, 2017 edition with the caption “Speaker Nuquay Bullies Opponent in District #5, Margibi County”.
After thorough investigation into the manner and circumstances that led to the report, the management regrets the action and has since severed the contract of the author of the story, Mr. Nathaniel McClain. In a communication dated May 17, 2017, addressed to reporter Mcclain, Managing Editor Molley Paasewe said following careful investigations into the SRC saga relating to the Capitol Times publication, management deems the work of the author as not only shoddy, but unprofessional, with the propensity to drag the institution down into the mud, after having fought hard to stay above the fray and maintain an objective, professional stance. “You authored a story in the May 5, 2017 edition of the Capitol Times newspaper, headlined: “Speaker Nuquay ‘Bullies’ Opponent – In Margibi District #5”, in which you alleged among others that Speaker Nuquay had launched a smear campaign against the President of the Salala Rubber Corporation Workers Union, Anthony Moses, to ban him from contesting for the district seat in Margibi County. And in that article, you also alleged that SRC Administrative Manager Jallah Mensah informed you that Speaker Nuquay is also reportedly lobbying with community leaders that were affected by the SRC extension project to coerce management to pay additional benefits to them, when the company has already paid a benefit of over US$2.2 million dollars to those that were affected as a result of the extension project,” Paasewe noted in the severance letter to Mr. McClain yesterday. “You also stated in that article that Mr. Mensah informed you the said US$2.2 million was paid to the community leaders of Margibi District #5 in the office of Representative Nuquay at the Capitol Building years back, but to the company’s utmost surprise, the district representative is in cahoots with the community leaders to reclaim false benefits from SRC. Following publication of your article, the management of Matrix Media, through my office, received a press release from the management of the SRC completely rubbishing the Capitol Times publication as falsehood particularly perpetrated by you, Mr. Nathaniel McClain”, he said. Paasewe further stated: “to support management’s claims, SRC Administrative Manager Mensah emailed me a voice recording of the entire interview which contents focused mainly on investigations surrounding SRC allegedly hiring an alien to provide services that qualified Liberians could perform. Nowhere in that interview was any mention made of the allegations you ascribed to the SRC management against Speaker Nuquay. In fact recordings on your own micro-recorder further vindicated the SRC management of the claims you made”. According to Mr. Paasewe, the action against Mr. McClain comes against the background of series of ethical transgressions perpetrated by Mr. McClain. “If you can recall, you were suspended for two weeks without pay on April 17, 2017 for publishing falsehood against Assistant Secretary General for Press and Publicity of the Unity Party, Mo Ali. More besides, you have received several verbal warnings imploring you to desist from these unethical practices. In view of the foregoing, management has no option but to sever any contractual relations it has with you. Please contact the finance department for clarity on outstanding remuneration owed you”, the communication noted.