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Prez. Sirleaf wants holistic partnership for Africas progress

By Patrick Flomo
President Elen Sirleaf Johnson-Sirleaf
President Elen Sirleaf Johnson-Sirleaf

( Nov. 12/2013) President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is urging governments, media organizations, the private sector and development partners to work together for progress across Africa.

President Johnson-Sirleaf wants issues critical to media development on the Continent addressed through partnership.

She recognized current efforts, aimed at strengthening the media in Africa through initiatives to deliver training, improve content production, introduce new financing mechanisms, and promote codes of ethics.

She said: “The persistence of these problems, especially the lack of respect for professional ethics, poses the greatest threat to the emergence of a free, independent and responsible media in Africa.

The President pointed to the media explosion that followed the return of peace and democracy to Liberia and said: “There was dire need for technical support and assistance in the training of journalists.”

The Liberian Leader also called for the fashioning of a strong self-regulatory framework, and commitment to best practice, professional care and ethical standards.
Ethical Standards was a subject to much discussion at the African Media Leaders Forum.

President Johnson-Sirleaf spoke recently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she delivered statement during the final session of the African Media Leaders Forum in that country.

The Head of State Roundtable Session saw media owners debating a range of issues with the leaders of Ethiopia and Kenya.

The President expressed her commitment to govern transparency and accountability to deepen the rule of law, protect freedoms and, add value and new meaning to Liberian citizenship.

She added: “The role of responsible, informed, adequately funded, professional and creative media is paramount.”


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