Is Freedom of Speech Suspended in Liberia? The Solicitor-General used the occasion of Manikpakei’s detention to warn Liberians that freedom of speech was suspended on account of the existence of a state of emergency which was declared to fight the invading Coronavirus. Unarguably, by design and the reinforcing construct of the Liberian Constitution, the framers intended that Liberia be a free and democratic nation. So what does the Constitution specifically say about freedom of speech during emergencies? As such, to arrest anyone only for “irresponsible speech” is to chill free speech for everyone, and thereby undermine the quality of our democracy.
Source: Front Page Africa May 17, 2020 16:52 UTC