Liberians from all sectors of the Country have openly condemned recent statement made by Othello Warrick; Director of the metamorphosed Special Security Service (SSS) now Executive Protective Service (EPS) saying that he will he will not hesitate to go after any journalist who will intrude the intelligence of the presidency.
Several radio stations airwaves were jammed with callers from both the general public and the Liberian media community condemning the EPS boss who report said have left the country for Ghana after making his controversial statement on the day of the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day in Grand Bassa County.
The callers angrily called for his immediate dismissal by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, adding, “Liberia is again moving towards a police state, when the head of a presidential security guard is opting for the shooting of journalists who refuse to write stories in the interest of the presidency,” one of the caller in a rather frustrated tune noted.
Also reacting to the statement of the EPS boss were members of the Liberian Reporters Association, who questioned his sincerity to the state and its people who he claimed to be protecting through the presidency, “We are calling on the President with immediate effect to remove the EPS Director from office for the statement made against the Liberian media,” Octivious Williams in a chat with the GNN said.
The SSS under Charles Taylor worked against the interest of the media and were used to spy on them.
Journalists and SSS personnel assigned to Taylor at the time were at loggerheads with one another all of the times.
According to Warrick, "the EPS will not hesitate to go after any Journalist who will intrude the intelligence of the Presidency."
Besides booing him, journalists at the occasion called on him to publicly 'take back' his utterances and threats against the Liberian media.
Director Warrick was quoted by the Global News Network (GNN), an online news magazine that he has no regret for the statement.
"I am here to protect the presidency, EPS will not hesitate to go after any journalist who will intrude the intelligence of the presidency," he told the GNN.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 07 May 2013 10:09)