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Liberia union warns of rise in police attacks on journalists

Liberian police walk in street in Monrovia on November 7, 2011Liberia’s press union on Thursday called on police to stop “whipping” journalists, condemning a rise in violence against members of the media in the west African country. A week ago, a male and female journalist were beaten by state security forces with batons while covering a demonstration by teachers outside the office of the president, an AFP journalist witnessed. “Journalist are not whipping dogs, this increasing violence against journalists is a calculated plan to intimidate and harass the independent media,” said the Press Union of Liberia in a statement.

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