Liberian journalist Tyron Brown was found dead on 16 April. The IFJ joins its affiliate the Press Union of Liberia in calling for a swift investigation into his murder.
Tyron Brown a reporter, camera operator and video editor of Super FM and TV was found dead early on Monday 16 April, 2018 on Duport Road, in a suburb of the Liberian capital, Monrovia.
According to several reports Tyron's personal effects, including his mobile phone and wallet were left intact. According to the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), an IFJ affiliate, the killing of Tyron Brown comes in the wake of an escalation of threats and intimidation against journalists and independent media by some government officials. “The killing of Tyron Brown has increased the level of fear in the journalism community in Liberia and has further strengthened the case of self- censorship in the traditional journalism sphere in Liberia”, PUL said in a statement.
The IFJ stands in solidarity with the PUL and calls for a swift and independent investigation into Tyron’s killing. IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: “The gruesome murder of Tyron Brown will no doubt send chilling waves through the media in Liberia. The perpetrators must be brought to justice immediately. The Liberian government must do its utmost to stamp out impunity in Liberia.”