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International Community distance itself from malicious video

The International Community here has distanced itself from a fake news video circulating on social media which suggests that the Weah regime is bent on rigging the impending 2023 general and presidential elections.

The fake news video, which made its rounds on social media containing erroneous and incendiary claims about the state of affairs in the country appears to have linked the International Community in Liberia.

In a statement distancing itself, the International Community in Liberia stated that the statements contained in the piece have no connection with the International Community in Liberia and that it is not 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. We stress that those responsible must be held accountable. 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,” a message sent by the United Nations Residence Coordinator on behalf of the International Community.

On Saturday the Liberian Government announced that its attention had been drawn to a malicious video being circulated on social media, which 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 Musa 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. 

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.

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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 inciteful 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 made it clear that it will leave no stone unturned in its determination to protect the country’s peace and security.

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The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).
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