English PEN shares PEN International’s concerns for the health and well-being of Rodney Sieh, founder and editor of award-winning newspaper FrontPageAfrica, who was jailed on 21 August 2013 because he was unable to pay US$1.5 million in libel damages to a former minister. Sieh, who has been on hunger strike since his imprisonment, was hospitalised for three weeks after vomiting and fainting in his prison cell; he has since been diagnosed with malaria.
For more information on Rodney Sieh’s case, please visit the PEN International website.
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Send letters of appeals
- Condemning the excessively high fine handed down to FrontPageAfrica founder and editor Rodney Sieh for alleged libel, and his subsequent imprisonment on 21 August 2013 due to his inability to pay;
- Expressing concern for Sieh’s health and asking that the Liberian authorities ensure that he is provided with adequate medical care;
- Urging President Johnson Sirleaf to review Sieh’s case in order to facilitate his release and the re-opening of his newspaper, and, in line with Article 21 of Liberia’s Constitution, to adopt libel damages commensurate with the harm caused and refrain from imprisoning defendants who are unable to pay;
- Also urging the president to repeal criminal defamation laws in Liberia, in line with the commitment she made when signing the Declaration of Table Mountain in July 2012.
H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President of the Republic of Liberia
Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs
P.O. Box 9001
Capitol Hill, Monrovia
Republic of Liberia
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Hon. Christiana H. Tah
Contact form: http://www.moj.gov.lr/contact