By: Eldred Wlemongar Thomas
The Comptroller and Accountant General of Liberia, Hason Kiazolu has challenged journalists and media institutions to perform their duties in keeping with the aims and objectives of the journalism profession.
Mr. Kiazolu lamented why some journalists and media institutions would choose to perform their duties contrary to the norms of the profession, something he noted undermines development.
He described such groupings as opposition media institutions and personnel campaigning for the under development of Liberia.
He called journalists to be reminded of the critical role they have to play in promoting peaceful co-existence and fostering national development.
The former head of the Public accounts Committee at the National Legislature frowned on some media houses who allow their platforms to be used by politicians for destructive criticisms against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and government.
He intimated that the offices of public officials especially the President of the nation must be respected at all times regardless of concerns and differences politicians and the ordinary citizens may have with them.
According to him, those criticizing the government lack the capability and fortification to perform to level of President Sirleaf for the last eleven years of rule.
“It is becoming an everyday thing that journalists just allow politicians to take their airwaves to vilify the current regime and give a blind eye to strives been made the Unity Party government, he noted.”
Kiazolu then named some level of progress made in the energy, educational, transport and health sectors among others as areas where the government continues to exert efforts to transform the country and its citizens.
He however, commended the role of the media, but re-emphasized it must always exhibit a high degree of professionalism to avoid confusion or derail the development path the country is treading.
Mr. Kiazolu wants journalists to take advantage of the level of Press Freedom and Free Speech being enjoyed by citizens mainly the members of the media under the regime of President Johnson Sirleaf to positively impact the society.
The Comptroller General noted members of the fourth estate are key partners to governments across the world and as such they must remain on the right trajectory to help transform society.