On Monday, Liberian President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf, who will contest
for a second term in elections next November, used her annual speech to the legislature to strengthen her image as
the candidate of stability and growth. Among other things, she boasted about
winning the "Friend of the Media" award from the African Editors Forum, the
first for a sitting president. But there was something else: "We are glad," she
said, "that the saga over the weekend has been resolved, allowing us to
continue the distinction of having no journalists or politicians in jail."