ArcelorMittal Liberia (AML) describes news stories published Wednesday September 29, 2021 by the Whistle Blower Liberia and the Liberian Express online newspapers as factually incorrect. The stories claim that Global Witness, human rights organization, has issued a critical report on the recently signed amendment to the ArcelorMittal Liberia Mineral Development Agreement.
ArcelorMittal Liberia points out that the Global Witness’ statement cited by the two newspapers dates as far back as October 2006. In fact, following the renegotiation of the AML Mineral Development agreement, Global Witness issued a statement dated August 2007 in which it stated that “By renegotiating the contract Mittal Steel has shown that it is possible for a multinational company to act responsibly and negotiate a deal that remains profitable and safeguards the interests of the host country and its people.”
While ArcelorMittal welcomes acknowledgement by the Whistle Blower Liberia and Liberian Express online newspapers of an error, it looks forward to the publication of an erratum and the recall of the story as they have assured.
ArcelorMittal Liberia values engagement with media and is always open and willing to share information about its operations and to respond to whatever inquiries.