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Prez. Sirleaf urges the media against ethical transgression

Arthur Douglas(
President Sirleaf , Information Minister, PUL  President and  InterNews Representative
President Sirleaf , Information Minister, PUL President and InterNews Representative

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is challenging Liberian Journalists to ensure that their reportage conforms to the principles of objectivity.

President Sirleaf urged journalists to refrain from ethical transgression, citing factual and balanced reportage as core values of good journalism.

She noted: “Deliberate ethical transgression has become common among Liberian Journalists.”

“Such practice continues to undermine the freedom of speech and of the press, “President Sirleaf emphasized.

The Liberian Leader made the assertions Tuesday, May 10, 2016 when she delivered the opening address at the two-day Liberia Media Law Reform Conference in Monrovia.

The conference, organized by the Press Union of Liberia, seeks to review the Liberian Media’s standards, encourage stronger regulatory measures and make amendments to repeal laws that are unfriendly to the media.

The Liberian Chief Executive welcomed the initiative and offered partnership with the Liberian media in the endeavor, reaffirming government’s commitment to upholding freedom of the press.

President Sirleaf said: “Government welcomes the passage into law of the Freedom of Information Act, the signing of Table Mountain Declaration, among others as evidenced by my administration’s support to a free media in the country.”

Meanwhile, the President has urged the Liberian Media to join government in acting upon its commitment to repealing repressive laws that are on the book, instead of getting involved incriticisms.


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