An official at U.S. Embassy near Monrovia has underscored the need for Liberian journalists to build a strong democratic society through the dissemination of adequate and reliable information to the Liberian people.
Deputy Chief of Mission Sheila Paskman noted that democracy cannot work if people do not know what is going on, noting that one of the things about democracy is the need for the participation of every single person in the society.
Madam Paskman made the remarks Friday at the opening of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Annual Congress held in the auditorium of the University of Liberia in Monrovia.
She stressed that journalists play a pivotal role in building a vibrant democratic society around the world because they are the eyes and ears of the people who depend on them for information that would direct their decision-making in the society.
The American diplomat indicated that everybody has to take responsibility for what is happening in Liberia, and journalists have to inform them on relevant information and not sensationalism or falsehoods which undermine the development of the nation.
Paskman maintained that journalism is one of the most essential jobs in democracy, and hoped that Liberian journalists will prepare for the challenges ahead to enhance the democratic process in Liberia.