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Give LBS increased fiscal support –Nagbe

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LBS Board Chairman/Information Minister, Lenn Eugene Nagbe
LBS Board Chairman/Information Minister, Lenn Eugene Nagbe

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Board Chairman of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Lenn Eugen Nagbe, is calling for increased budgetary support to LBS.

Mr. Nagbe, who is also Minister of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) said: “Giving LBS the needed budgetary support will enhance its professional capacity.”

“As Liberians gradually gear up for the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections, there is a need to provide LBS the needed support to ensure that the station maximizes its performance,” the LBS Board Chairman said.

The Liberian Information Minister stressed that LBS, as the national broadcaster, has the statutory responsibility to professionally inform and educate the public about government’s programs and policies.

He noted: “The Liberia Broadcasting System may not effectively live up to its statutory duties in the midst of budgetary and logistical constraints.”

Minister Nagbe, however, commended the LBS Management for its “professional programming,” especially the “editorial contents of its news deliveries” over the years.

“The National Broadcaster has continued ensuring that the voice of everyone is heard at all times,” the LBS Board Chairman also emphasized.

At the same time, the LBS Board Chairman also pledged Government’s commitment to upholding a vibrant free press and free speech.

He recalled that government’s commitment to protecting freedom of speech and of the press has been proven over the years since the inception of the Unity Party led-government.

Minister Nagbe named the signing of the “Table Mountain Declaration” and Liberia’s accession to the “Freedom of Information Act,” as a manifestation of government’s commitment to freedom of speech and of the press.

He, however, said: “A vibrant and critical press does not mean infringing on the rights of others.”

The Information Minister stressed the need for a responsible press that adheres to the rule and law and that is equally mindful of its role to the public.

The Information Minister made the statement Wednesday when commissioned the Mini Newsroom of LBS at the Information Ministry.



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