By Semantics King Jr Minneapolis, MN
The most difficult aspect of our top 10 stories of the year isn’t deciding which stories made the cut. The real challenge is keeping the stories up to date as we go .Many of these stories were so hot in 2007 that they continue to evolve, and many seem on their way to making next year’s list as well.
As we conclude 2007, we take a look at the news that was. Much of it was political with national and security implications, such as former Liberian Army Commander Charles Julu and former Liberia’s House Speaker George Koukou alleged attempted coup to topple the Johnson-Sirleaf administration by force of arms; the trial of the former Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) Charles Gyude Bryant on allegation of corruption and his one day jailing in Monrovia for his failure to appear in court as planned; the appearance in court for the first time of the former Liberian leader Charles Taylor for his war crimes trial in The Hague, The Netherlands after missing court appearances three times and his claim that he did not have money to hire a defense team after sacking his lawyer; and the accusation of the Johnson-Sirleaf administration by its own auditor general, John Morlue that this administration is three times more corrupt than Bryant’s administration.
And much of the news, if not strictly political, had political ramifications like riots in the Firestone Rubber Plantations Company, the Killing of Bruno Michiel who should have been the manager of the Liberia Agricultural Company (LAC) in Grand Bassa county and the students riot at the University of Liberia (UL) which saw the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) peacekeepers and officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) brutalizing not just the University of Liberia students but even members of the Liberian media.
And finally, some of the hot headlines that were very local such as what was seemingly a forceful departure of thousands of Liberians on Temporary Protective Status (TPS) in the United States, the suing of seven Liberian editors and journalists by a fellow journalist, and the armed robbery surge that hit Monrovia and its environs in the course of the year.
We have looked backward and forward with these stories, and though we are new right now in the news dissemination business with this name, NewLiberian.com, we’ve got lots of plans for coverage of 2008 as our Bureaus in Accra, Lagos and Monrovia are ready to feed you with news and information.
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