Published on panapress, March 10, 2012.
New York, US (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists CPJ has called on Liberian authorities to ensure the safety of journalists who have been repeatedly threatened for exposing the evil practices of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the West African country. Mae Azango, a reporter with the daily FrontPage Africa and the news website New Narratives, told the New York-based CPJ she had gone into hiding after receiving several threats for an article she published on Thursday about Liberian tribes practicing female genital mutilation (FGM) on as many as two out of every three girls in the country.
“They left messages and told people to tell me that they will catch me and cut me so that will make me shut up,” Azango said, adding that “I have not been sleeping in my house.”
Azango said that she had notified police and was waiting for an investigation to begin. Liberia’s deputy police director, Al Karley, told CPJ that the investigators would look into the threats.
Wade Williams, the editor of FrontPage Africa, said that several people around town had confronted her over the article, which was widely discussed on radio programmes.
Williams also said that the newspaper and its personnel were receiving threatening phone calls. “They said that for us putting our mouth into their business, we are to blame for whatever happens to us,” she said … (full text).