ARTICLES RELATING TO ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF

Ebola crisis 'being used to attack media freedom'

2014-09-18 14:27

From the closure of newspapers to arrests and harassment of journalists, rights groups and the media say Liberia’s fight against Ebola is being accompanied by an alarming assault on press freedom.

Ebola: Liberia urges more international help

2014-09-10 11:40

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she expects the Ebola crisis gripping her country to worsen in the coming weeks as health workers struggle with inadequate supplies.

Ebola crisis: Liberia extends stay-home order

2014-09-01 14:36

Liberia’s president has ordered most civil servants to stay home another month in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, a statement says.

Ebola death toll rises to 1 350 - WHO

2014-08-21 06:14

Security forces acting on the president's orders have used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50 000 people inside their crowded slum in an attempt to contain the Ebola outbreak.

Liberia imposes curfew as Ebola crisis grows

2014-08-20 07:24

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has imposed a night-time curfew and quarantined two affected neighbourhoods in a bid to stem the Ebola epidemic rampaging through West Africa.

Obama talks to Liberia, S Leone leaders on Ebola

2014-08-15 11:57

US President Barack Obama has called the presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone to discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the White House says.

Liberians demand that govt pick up Ebola bodies

2014-08-09 23:01

Riot police have raced to quell a demonstration blocking Liberia's busiest highway as an angry crowd protested the government's delays in collecting the bodies of Ebola victims.

Sierra Leone army isolates Ebola areas

2014-08-07 18:26

The army has isolated rural areas hit by the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone a senior officer has said, after neighbouring Liberia declared a state of emergency.

Pray to halt Ebola, Liberian president urges

2014-08-06 16:32

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called for three days of fasting and prayer to ask for divine intervention against her country's deadliest-ever Ebola outbreak.

Liberia shuts border crossings to curb Ebola

2014-07-28 08:44

The Liberian government has closed most of its border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people.

Liberia’s Sirleaf warns of Ebola epidemic

2014-07-01 07:47

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed serious concern about a resurgence of the Ebola virus in the country.

Case against Liberian editor dropped

2013-11-20 15:18

The editor of one of Liberia's leading newspapers who was jailed over reports about government corruption says all charges against him have been dropped.

Libel case against Liberian journos dropped

2013-09-27 17:43

Two Liberian journalists arrested on suspicion of criminal libel after accusing the government of corruption on national radio have had the case against them dropped.

Hunger strike: Liberia journo in hospital

2013-09-03 17:48

The editor of one of Liberia's leading newspapers is spending his eighth day in hospital after he was jailed over reports about government corruption.

Liberian students all fail varsity test

2013-08-27 12:44

Liberia's education minister says she finds it hard to believe that none of the 25 000 school-leavers who wrote a university admission examination passed.

Liberian women's war wounds fester

2013-06-26 07:46

Liberian women still remember the terror of being shot in crossfire during the country's bloody civil war 10 years ago. For many, it was an agonising experience.

Plane crash kills Guinea army chief

2013-02-11 18:51

A plane carrying a military delegation from Guinea has crashed in the Liberian town of Charlesville, killing the army chief of staff and 10 other people.

Ivory Coast, Liberia plan joint forces

2012-10-19 13:10

West African neighbours Ivory Coast and Liberia are set to launch a joint Military operation by the end of the year along their volatile and porous border, the two nations' presidents have announced.

Joyce Banda confirms 30% pay cut

2012-10-03 14:02

Malawi President Joyce Banda has announced that she will take a 30% pay cut to show that she will sacrifice personally as part of her government’s austerity measures.

Graça Machel named to UN social panel

2012-08-01 13:02

Graça Machel, the wife of former president Nelson Mandela, has been named to a UN panel to recommend new global social and environment goals.

Sirleaf: Agree on tough arms deal

2012-07-13 09:39

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says Africa will face more conflict unless arms trade treaty negotiators produce a tough accord.

UN, Ivory Coast honours slain UN troops

2012-06-14 21:29

The United Nations and Ivory Coast have jointly paid tribute to seven UN soldiers from Niger who were killed last week during an attack in the southwest, close to the border with Liberia.

Malawi's president vows to repeal gay ban

2012-05-18 22:10

President Joyce Banda has declared she wants to repeal Malawi's laws against homosexual acts, going against a trend in Africa in which gays are being increasingly singled out for prosecution.

Taylor verdict delivers 'powerful message'

2012-04-27 08:07

The conviction of Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor sends a "powerful message" to all war criminals, says the United States, hailing the "enormous" historical milestone.

 

Liberia hopes US Ebola pledge will spur others to act

2014-09-18 07:29

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she hopes President Barack Obama’s decision to send 3 000 troops to West Africa to battle the worst Ebola outbreak on record would spur other countries to help.

Ebola outbreak stirs anger in fragile Liberia

2014-09-06 20:38

When a starving Ebola patient escaped from a treatment centre in Monrovia and staggered through a crowded market in search of food, bystanders voiced their anger not at him, but at Liberia's president.

Monrovia crematorium cannot cope

2014-08-21 21:26

The crematorium in the Liberian capital Monrovia is struggling to deal with the dozens of Ebola victims whose bodies are being brought each day.

Residents riot as police quarantine slum to curb ebola

2014-08-20 17:21

Riots broke out in Monrovia after the government quarantined Liberia's biggest slum in an effort to curb the Ebola epidemic.

Liberian police seal newspaper office

2014-08-15 15:53

Dozens of riot police have sealed the offices of a newspaper critical of the Liberian government and officers attempted to detain its publisher.

In Liberia village, shunned Ebola victims left to die

2014-08-14 10:05

The only sounds in the abandoned Liberian village were the cries of a little girl, shut up with her mother's body inside the family home, starving and thirsty as she waits for death.

Riot police called to Liberia Ebola protest

2014-08-09 21:04

Riot police have raced to central Liberia to put down a demonstration by crowds who had blocked the country's busiest highway to protest the government's delay in collecting bodies of Ebola victims.

Liberia races to enforce Ebola quarantine

2014-08-07 18:26

Soldiers have clamped down on people trying to travel to Liberia's capital from rural areas hard-hit by Ebola, hours after the president declared a national state of emergency.

Liberians in 'panic' over Ebola

2014-08-01 08:28

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appealed for more doctors and supplies to help African nations battle an outbreak of deadly Ebola, warning that the crisis was 'nearing a catastrophe'.

Liberia journo held after criticising president

2014-07-04 08:53

The editor of a Liberian newspaper critical of the government and family of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been arrested, police say.

Liberia to prosecute for hiding Ebola patients

2014-06-30 20:11

Liberia's president has vowed to prosecute anyone caught hiding suspected Ebola patients.

Children two thirds of Liberia rape victims

2014-01-28 21:04

Two-thirds of rape victims in Liberia last year were children, with ten under-14s dying as a result of their injuries.

Liberia leader's guard 'smuggled drugs worth $4m'

2013-11-13 07:43

Liberia's Drug Enforcement Agency says marijuana smuggled over the border from Sierra Leone by a member of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's motorcade is valued at more than $4m.

Liberia keeps editor in jail

2013-09-04 18:53

Liberia has rejected pleas from international press groups to release the jailed editor.

Liberian newspaper shut down

2013-08-27 14:02

One of Liberia’s leading local daily newspapers has shut down after its publisher was jailed for libel over a report about government corruption, its staff says.

Police corruption harms Liberia's progress

2013-08-22 15:15

Rampant police corruption is impeding Liberia’s development a decade after its 14-year civil war ended, Human Rights Watch says.

Women don't like female bosses – Banda

2013-05-21 12:37

Africa's second female president Joyce Banda of Malawi has decried the lack of support for one another amongst women, saying "women don’t like female bosses".

Nobel Peace Prize losing some of its prestige?

2012-12-07 10:58

Described as the most prestigious award in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize risks losing some of its lustre because unexpected and controversial choices of late.

Nobel laureate Gbowee slams Sirleaf

2012-10-08 17:39

Leymah Gbowee, the social worker who won last year's Nobel Peace Prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has publicly disowned her co-laureate for failing to fight graft and nepotism.

UN force in Liberia to be cut

2012-09-18 10:43

The UN Security Council has backed a cut of more than 50% in the size of the UN peacekeeping force in Liberia as it presses the government to take greater control of security.

Sirleaf moves to boost press freedom

2012-07-23 19:42

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed a pledge drawn up by global media rights bodies to boost press freedom and stop the criminal prosecution of journalists.

Sirleaf rejects nepotism charges

2012-07-12 10:41

Liberia's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has denied accusations by some members of her ruling party that she placed 17 close relatives in senor government positions, saying only her three sons work in government.

UN praises progress in Liberia

2012-05-20 21:30

Liberia has made considerable progress in the years since back-to-back civil wars devastated the nation and killed about 250 000 people, a UN Security Council delegation says.

Liberia to get high-speed internet

2012-05-08 18:28

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the west African nation will get high-speed internet from October, as it connects to a fibre optic cable running along the west African coast.

Taylor verdict: Liberians fear instability

2012-04-26 22:11

Liberians have shed few tears for Charles Taylor after their ex-president was found guilty of war crimes but there are fears his conviction could undermine a still fragile peace.

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