Doloquee, a Correspondent of the Liberia Broadcasting System, on June 09, 2017, complained to the National Media Council (NMC) through a written communication-alleging that during the Liberty Party’s Candidate Nomination Convention in Ganta, Nimba County, some partisans of the Party brutally attacked him outside of the convention hall for the first time, and later on dragged him into the convention hall in the presence of the Party’s Standard Bearer, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine and other stalwarts of the Party.
Addressing a news conference yesterday, the head of the council Karpeh Reeves said after a careful review of both accounts, coupled with the crossed examination carried out by the NMC, the Council is not convinced that journalist Doloquee was mal-handled due to his inability to provide substantive evidence to prove that he was physically dragged, and that his tape recorder was taken away.
He stated, “in short, the NMC maintains that Journalist Doloquee exaggerated the occurrence at the event, with the sole intent of invoking public’s sentiments on the matter. Additionally, Mr. Doloquee claimed that he was targeted, but again, the Council cannot substantiate or verify such claim.”
“The Council is urging journalists to observe protocols during the coverage of events. At the same time, the Council is urging all political actors, newsmakers and journalists to always exercise restraints in gathering and disseminating information. Let it go forth that political actors/newsmakers and journalists must also understand, respect each other and see themselves as partners in transforming the society in a positive manner for growth and development”, he said.