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Liberia10 April 2003

Journalist found but three others still missing


Grody Dorbor, editor of the The Inquirer newspaper, who had been missing for more than two weeks in the rebel-plagued interior, contacted his family on 9 April to say he had taken refuge on the Ivorian border and wanted to return to Monrovia. Three other journalists - Oscar Dolo, Nyahn Flomo and William Quiwea, local correspondents of the radio station Talking Drum Studio-Liberia - are still missing in the rebel area.


Four journalists missing for past two weeks

Reporters Without Borders called today on Liberian authorities to search for four journalists - Grody Dorbor (editor) of the The Inquirer newspaper, Oscar Dolo, Nyahn Flomo and William Quiwea, local correspondents of the radio station Talking Drum Studio-Liberia - who have been missing for more than two weeks in the central part of the country, where government forces are battling rebels of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Development (LURD) movement.

Expressing his great concern about their fate, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said that "at a time when the population is the victim of widespread attacks by armed rebels, the government must take effective steps to ensure the safety of journalists, who are very valuable for Liberians." He called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the disappearance of the four.

Dorbor and Quiwea went to Zwedru, in the southeastern county of Grand Gedeh. Flomo is correspondent in Ganta, in the east-central region of Nimba. Dolo was in Gbarnga, in the central county of Bong, and had fled to Ganta after fighting broke out. Since LURD attacks on several provincial capitals, the paper and the radio station have not heard from the journalists.

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