ordering the reopening of the National Chronicle Newspaper.
He described the action by the Supreme Court as a demonstration of government’s undying commitment to freedom of speech as guaranteed in the Constitution.
Brown’s statement comes against the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s ruling last Friday ordering the reopening of the Chronicle Newspaper which was closed last year for the “heinous, disrespectful and detestable stories” it published during the State of Emergency at the height of the Ebola crisis.
Making the statement Tuesday at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing, Brown said even though the paper “has no business of being here because they are unqualified,” yet the court has ordered it be reopened with immediate effect.
“We at the Ministry of Information welcome the decision of the court,” he added.
“Free speech is not just for the National Chronicle Newspaper. It is for all citizens to consider it as one of our most significant achievements under this government,” he said, adding that free speech adds value to every Liberian citizen.
Brown continued: “This is a right that many are dying for around the world because they cannot have it, and this is a right that the Government of Liberia has a continuous duty to protect.”