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Liberian medias image needs no rescuing

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Press Union of Liberia President, Abdullai Kamara
Press Union of Liberia President, Abdullai Kamara

(elbcradio.com/August 13, 2015)-The President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Abdullai Kamara, says the local media’s image does not need any rescuing.

Mr. Kamara said: “It is unrealistic and a disservice to the PUL for someone to holistically indict it, based on errors or ethical breaches committed by one media institution.”

He made the statement Tuesday, August 11, 2015 when he spoke to LBS Online in Monrovia.

The PUL Boss also said: “Government’s responses against local media houses should be mainly centered on ethical transgressions.”

Mr. Kamara’s statement followed the Supreme Court’s recent ruling to deny the PUL’s Writ of Prohibition against the Liberian Government for its action to shut down the National Chronicle Newspaper and the court’s subsequent decision to reopen the paper.

 

“The Union welcomes the Court’s ruling. It, however, blames the emergence of propagandas in some local newspapers on the workings of some prominent members of the Liberian society, Mr. Kamara noted.

He said such emerging newspaper propagandas are intended to incite political confrontations in the country.

At the same time, the Presiding Judge of Criminal Court ‘E’ at the Temple of Justice wants journalists carefully check, balance and verify information from the courts before publication.

Judge Cianeh Clinton-Johnson said: “If the truth is revealed, put it as you see it, and don’t report it to satisfy individuals.”

She also said: “The courts are cognizant of the existence of the Freedom of Information Act, but the dignity of the courts will and must be respected at all times.”

The Criminal Court ‘E’ Judge spoke recently during the opening of the August Term of courts in Montserrado County.

Judge Clinton-Johnson warned that any report with the tendency to compromise any side of a case is prejudicial to Liberia’s safety.

“Journalists have a responsibility to ensure that the court is respected,” she added.

 


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