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Press Union of Liberia praises Pres. Weah for signing into law…

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The Press Union of Liberia
The Press Union of Liberia

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) is lauding President George Weah for signing into law, a bill repealing Sections 11.11 of the Penal Code of Liberia to decriminalize speech offenses.

President Weah in May last year, submitted a draft legislation to amend Chapter 11 of the 1978 Penal Law to repeal Sections 11.11 on criminal libel against the President, Sections 11.12 on Sedition and 11.14 on criminal malevolence.

According to a release issued Saturday, March 4, 2019, the PUL said it was grateful to the Liberian Leader for mustering the political will which led to the passage of the bill.
The Union described the decision by President Weah as remarkable and a bold step towards nurturing Liberia’s growing democracy.

The PUL release quotes its President, Charles Coffey, as calling on Journalists, media workers and other professionals, to support freedom of speech and of the Press by being professional in the discharge of their duties.

Mr. Coffey cautioned journalists to be cautious of the responsibilities to preserve the peace of the Country.

The law is named Kamara Abdullai Kamara Act of Press Freedom, in honor of the deceased immediate past President of the PUL.

Meanwhile, PUL is urging government agencies whose responsibilities fall in the realm of ongoing media reforms to formulate an internationally acceptable regulatory regime for the media sector in Liberia.


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