Liberian journalist fears for safety

Front Page Africa’s Mae Azango spoke on Monday at the International Press Institute’s World Congress.

A Liberian investigative journalist says she often fears for her safety, but it won’t deter her from exposing the practice of female genital mutilation. Picture: Stock.XCHNG.

CAPE TOWN - A Liberian investigative journalist says she often fears for her safety, but it won't deter her from exposing the practice of female genital mutilation.

Front Page Africa's Mae Azango exposed the traditional practice which results in the deaths of many young girls annually.

Azango spoke about the dangers of her job at the International Press Institute's World Congress underway in Cape Town.

Azango says she has been labelled an enemy of both the state and the judiciary for revealing the cruel practice.

She had to go into hiding for several weeks after her scoop on female genital mutilation was published.

Winner of the Press Freedom Award she explained she is merely a voice for the voiceless but the Liberian government took Azango's story seriously enough to suspend the traditional and sometimes fatal practice.