President EllenJonson-Sirleaf has congratulated incoming Press Union of Liberia (PUL)’s, President, Charles Coffey, and reiterated that under her administration, there’s freedom of speech and free press in Liberia.
The Liberian leader acclaimed PUL for a free, fair and creditable election in Ganta where the choice of journalists was successfully exercised.
She reminded the Liberian media saying, “As a watch dog of society, it is your duty to make sure you have the responsibility to cross check, tell the true and sustain the national peace for a vibrant Liberia.”
“Bear in mind that a politically motivated falsehood can cause lasting damage, even if it is subsequently corrected to one who is innocent, it does no good. Therefore, we out to fight for the collective good,” President Sirleaf said.
The Liberian Chief Executive spoke as a special guest at the PUL’s inaugural program of elected officers on Thursday, December 29, at the Monrovia City Hall.
She urged Liberian journalists to be objective in their truth telling as Liberia enters into one of its critical moments, as the country goes to election in 2017.
President Sirleaf admonished the new PUL leaders to match words with deeds as they set for themselves goals to achieve as professional grouping in the country.
She then re-echoed that under her administration, there’s press freedom and free speech in Liberia, and that her government will continue to work with the media to achieve greater partnership.
In his inaugural address, Cameroonian Ambassador to Liberia, Ben Yallah Ghan, called for Liberian journalists to uphold the tenants of ethnical and professional journalism.
“It behooves the PUL leadership to double check their facts before publication or broadcast, because the media must self-define its relevance and collectively commit itself to social responsibilities with truthfulness, “he said.
Ambassador Ghan said Journalists are catalysts for societal transformation and therefore, they must demonstrate professional standards in the discharge of their duties.
The Cameroonian Ambassador then urged the Charles Coffey leadership to lead journalists to promote national reconciliation in obtaining social, political and economic relevance.