Diaspora journalists under the banner, Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA), and their colleagues back home, under the umbrella of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), last week adopted a resolution aimed addressing issues affecting both groups.
Below is the resolution adopted:
Resolution Adopted at the Annual Conference of the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA). Wilmington, Delaware. September 17, 2017
We, the members and officials of the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA), converging at our Annual Conference in Wilmington, Delaware, from September 15-17, 2017;
Having critically deliberated on and assessed pertinent issues affecting the growth and development of ALJA, as well as prevailing socio-economic and political developments in Liberia;
Brainstorming on the theme: The Rule of Law: Recipe for a Stable Liberia;
Noting that the functional development and progress of any society is inextricably hinged on such society’s strict adherence to the rule of law;
Reminding and encouraging all of our compatriots in every stratum of the Liberian Society to conscientiously abide by the rule of law;
Acknowledging challenges facing Liberian media institutions and media practitioners;
Stressing the need for Diaspora journalists and Liberia-based journalists to collaborate in addressing and possibly alleviating most of such perennial challenges;
Noting that fundamental press freedom is very essential to enable the Liberian Society uphold the sanctity of democratic tenets, especially the conduct of free and fair multiparty elections and adherence to the rule of law;
Concerned about the imperative of ensuring transparency, impartiality and the sheer integrity of the impending October 10, 2017 general elections and subsequent elections in Liberia;
Hereby adopt the following resolutions:
- ALJA calls on the Government of Liberia to ensure that all Liberians, irrespective of status or stature, and foreign residents within the territorial confines of Liberia strictly adhere to the statutory and constitutional provisions of Liberian laws at all times. Furthermore, ALJA especially encourages all Government Officials and other power brokers to set examples, by obeying the law, including basic traffic regulations while driving in all parts of the country.
(b)ALJA calls on the Chairman and members of the Liberian National Elections Commission (ECOM) to conduct the ongoing electoral process in such a transparent manner, as a means of catalyzing peace and stability in the country, by removing any iota of doubt surrounding its eventual results.
- ALJA urges continuous partnership and collaboration between the Press Union of Liberia and ALJA aimed at building the capacity of Liberian journalists and empowering them, especially beginning media practitioners.
- Finally, the Convention commends members of the Communications Committee of ALJA for their hardwork in establishing the Association’s website and also encourages the Committee to further explore setting up additional media outlets, especially within the electronic broadcast sector, so as to enable ALJA reach out to as many people as possible.
Done in the Conference Hall on this 17th day of September 2017.
Signed: Resolution Committee
- Pewee Baysah
- Joe Bartuah
- Zayzay Kpadeh