To enhance collaboration between media practitioners and security forces across Liberia, the Press Union of Liberia will on today, March 29, 2022 commence the holding of a series of media security analysis dialogues at the YMCA in Monrovia.
Liberian journalists and media workers have in the last three years suffered an unprecedented surge in attacks against them in the discharge of their duties. At the peak of attacks against journalists and media workers in 2019-20, the journalism community led by the Press Union of Liberia petitioned President George Weah on the escalation of violence against the media. Works of a presidential Committee mandated to probe the attacks against journalists and media workers have never been made public, that is if it exists.
To innovate ideas to help curb impunity against journalists in Liberia, the first in a series of conferences will provide the platform for media and security experts to share experiences and as well make recommendations to improve the very important roles of the media & security for the good of the state.
The Media- Security Analysis Dialogue is part of a United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) project: Strengthening Independent Media and Freedom of Information in Liberia which is being led by the Volunteers for Sustainable Development in Africa (VOSEIDA) in partnership with the Press Union of Liberia and the Department of Communications & Media Studies at the University of Liberia.
Institutions invited to Wednesday’s activity are VOSEIDA, Internews, Female Journalists Association of Liberia, FeJAL, Reporters Association of Liberia, RAL, Foreign Stringers Association of Liberia, Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL, and Center Media Studies & Peacebuilding, CEMESP.
Others are the Armed Forces of Liberia, Executive Protection Service, Drug Enforcement Agency and the Liberia Immigration Service.