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InterNews praises Government-media relations

Richmond Paye/Joseph T. Koon
InterNews Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
InterNews Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Head of a media regulatory NGO, InterNews, says it welcomes the Liberian Government’s relationship with the media.

Dr. Noram Barata said the Liberian media is being faced with numerous challenges.

Dr. Barata said: “The Sirleaf-led administration has demonstrated its political willpower to protect the local media’s rights through the enactment and signing of various international protocols.”

“There are still problematic issues that need to be critically reviewed, if President Johnson-Sirleaf’s vision for the media is to meet its objectives and international standards,” he noted.

The InterNews Head named de-criminalizing media related offenses and equipping the media as some guarantees for sustaining its freedom.

Dr. Barata emphasized: “Criminalizing media-related offenses, including sedition and label, remains one of the impediments to achieving the objectives of a free press in Liberia.”

Meanwhile, Former PUL President and Head of the West Africa Journalists Association, Peter Quaqua, described government’s partnership with the media as successful.

Mr. Quaqua said: “ Despite the successful passage of the Freedom of Information Act(FOI) and other Laws, there are still laws that continue to reverse the gains made in making the media free and independent. “

In her recent address at the just-ended Liberia Media Law Reform Conference in Monrovia, President Sirleaf, committed her government to supporting a reformed media.


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