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Plot To Destabilize Liberia? …MOJ, Liberia’s Partners Condemn ‘Malicious Video’ Scheme

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By Our Staff Writer

MONROVIA: The attention of the government has been drawn to a “malicious video” being circulated on social media, which, according to Ministry of Justice (MOJ, makes erroneous and incendiary claims about the state of affairs in the country.

While the recent uptick in political activities ahead of general and presidential elections is understandable, “no amount of desperation should lead us to toy with our security”, the Acting Chair of the Cabinet, Justice Minister Frank Musah Dean has said.

He warned that engaging in false news with a clear intent to incite and create agitation in the general population is against the law; and therefore anyone found fermenting or sponsoring activities intended to create chaos could face the full weight of the law.

According to the MOJ, “the video not only cast aspersions on our enviable electoral system – which has gained much international acclaim recently – it also dangerously posited that the government is bringing in the country nefarious elements intended to create violence.

This, the Minister said, is very wrong, and could potentially damage the country’s stability and international reputation.

The Justice Minister has therefore engaged Liberia’s international partners, including the heads of the Embassies of the U.S. and European Union, calling on them to vehemently condemn the dangerous and insightful ploy which seeks to undermine Liberia’s hard-earned peace.

He said the onus is upon the international community to debunk this creeping menace as the particular video in question directly alleges that it was they (the international community) who uncovered a plot.

The government wants to make it absolutely clear that it will leave no stone unturned in its determination to protect the country’s peace and security.

However, in a joint statement issued by the ‘International Partners’ with a UN Logo dated September 17, 2022 said “A social media piece has recently been circulated referring to the International Community.”

The Partners said “The International Community in Liberia wishes to state categorically that the statements contained in the piece have no connection with the International Community in Liberia nor are we aware of any basis for any allegation contained in this piece. We strongly condemn any attempt to link the International Community with these allegations which could threaten and undermine national security.”

The Partners stressed that “those responsible must be held accountable.”

The International Partners said “We once again remind all political and media stakeholders of their responsibility to refrain from hate speech, disinformation, and violence especially in the run-up to the 2023 elections.” The international Community in Liberia wishes to reaffirm its continued commitment to peace and stability in Liberia.

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