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Liberia journalist arrested after criticising president

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 22, 2014The editor of a Liberian newspaper critical of the government and family of president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been arrested, a police source said on Thursday. Friends and colleagues of Octavin Williams claim the journalist was detained after he published an article on two of Sirleaf’s sons. Williams criticised Fumba Sirleaf in Wednesday’s edition of Nation’s Time following the arrest of immigration officers who reportedly leaked to the press the fact that his brother Robert — a US citizen — was seeking Liberian documents enabling him to run in forthcoming general elections. Robert Sirleaf, who resigned last year as chairman of the state oil company amid allegations of nepotism, has since been named presidential envoy to Kuwait.

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