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Dr. J. Chris Toe sues Frontpage Africa for Libel
PRESS RELEASE


February 24, 2010: Dr. J. Chris Toe, former Minister of Agriculture, has filed a US$2 million action of damages for libel lawsuit against FrontPage Africa Newspaper and FrontPage Africa Internet news organ represented by and through its staff, Rodney Sieh and Samwar Fallah.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Civil Law Court, Montserrado County, cited several FrontPage publications, dating back to 2007, accusing Dr. Toe, among other unsubstantiated allegations, of diverting millions of dollars intended for Guthrie Rubber Plantation and the people of Bong and Lofa Counties as a result of an infestation of army worms.

Dr. Toe, in the lawsuit, further described the persistent and unrelenting publications of unfavorable assertions by FrontPage Africa over the years as "a deliberate attack on his integrity and moral character intended to disgrace, degrade and reduce his good character or reputation among his peers and friend and the public or international community at large."

Still further, the lawsuit described the publications as libelous and tantamount to accusing Dr. Toe of committing a crime for which he has never been charged.

Speaking following the filing of the lawsuit, Dr. Toe affirmed his belief in the Liberian justice system and the ability of the Liberian people to distinguish the difference between committed public servants and non-patriotic gravy-seekers. He also reiterated his commitment to the promotion of a free and responsible press and restated that his motivation for resigning the presidency of Strayer University, in the United States, and returning home was to serve his country and people. This remains undeterred and undiminished despite the smear campaign perpetrated against him by FrontPage Africa. "I want the people of my country to know that J. Chris Toe has not yet begun to fight," he resolved.

Since Dr. Toe's resignation as Agriculture Minister in March 2009, he has established a consulting and investment practice in Liberia and continues to serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Strayer University, among other national and international engagements.


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