Monrovia, Liberia- The Managing Editor of the Hot Pepper Newspaper, Mr. Philbert Brown is facing a US$2 Million lawsuit, filed by current and former lawmakers of the Liberian legislature.
According to reports, Bill Tweahway, Thomas Fallah, Prince Moye, Zoe Emmanuel Pennue, Jeremiah Koung, Edward Karfiah, and former House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay and Tokpah Mulbah all filed a defamation lawsuit against the Liberian journalist who broke the missing L$16 billion banknotes story in late 2018.
Journalist Browne, appearing on a local radio talkshow in Monrovia recently, alleged that certain lawmakers of the 53rd Liberian Legislature, received bribes for the printing of additional banknotes by the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led government.
According to reports, Mr. Browne and his lawyers secured a US$125,000 bond last Thursday which prevented him from being incarcerated at the Monrovia Central Prison.
Mr. Browne is no stranger to controversies and lawsuits. During the Sirleaf regime, Mr. Browne spent a night in jail after he was sued by Rep. Prince Moye for a rape story carried in his then Chronicle Newspaper. The Chronicle Newspaper was ordered closed during the Sirleaf regime for another incident with the Liberian government.
The Hot Pepper Newspaper publisher is expected to appear in court soon to answer to charges filed by the current and former lawmakers.