LIBERIA: PUL Decries Freedom FM Radio Persistence ‘Hate Messages’ Using Invectives And Profanities

PUL President, Charles B. Coffey, Jr.

The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has again assured the public that it is carefully following the legal process on the closure of Roots FM radio owned by talk show host Henry Costa, the PUL in a press release signed by its President, Charles B Coffey, Jr. on Friday, October 11, 2019 said,.

The station was shut down October 10, 2019 following a writ of search, seizure and arrest warrant issued October 9, 2019 by the Monrovia city court.  The court’s action was predicated upon a request from justice ministry as a petitioner.

According  to  the  writ, the  justice  ministry  prays the  honor  of  the court  to  search,  seize and subsequently arrest the  respondent  in  violation of section 15 of  the Telecommunication Act of  2007 and chapter 11 section 11.2 (d) of  the  criminal procedure law, acts of  which  these  respondents according  to  the  writ  are operating radio station without valid license.

The  petitioner also maintains  that  the failure  on  the part of the respondent to obtain  valid  license  and to  pay for  radio  frequency  authorization fee to  the  government of Liberia  through LTA is  denying  the  government of  Liberia  the  required revenue.

The union subscribes to the rule of law and expresses optimism of a speedy legal process to address the frequency fee payment issue.

The union has also vowed to uphold press freedom, free ventilation of the expression of ideas responsibly.

Meanwhile,  the press union of Liberia has reiterated call for strict adherence  to professional  standards and  societal  norms  by media  institutions  and practitioners .

The Union’s attention has been drawn to the persistent disregard to professional standards and  societal norms by  Freedom  FM  radio .

Despite several warnings, Freedom FM Radio owned by deputy NSA director Sam Sanyon is still broadcasting hate messages, using invective and profanities on  the radio.

The Union believes such action by Freedom FM Radio has the propensity to create chaos in the country and urged the institution to desist.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.