Ahead Of ‘Critical 2023’ Poll, IPNEWS Boss Calls For Journalists, Media Workers Protection

Mr. Chester Smith, Publisher, IPNEWS

As usual happenings are unfolding ahead of the 2023 poll in October in Liberia, Publisher of the Independent Probe Newspaper is calling on the National Media Council to provide full protection of journalists and media workers against undue harm

In a letter dated January 6, 2023, and addressed to the Chairperson of the National Media Council (NMC), Cllr. Jeddi Armah, and copies sent to the President of the Press Union of Liberia, Charles Coffey, the Ambassadors of the United States, France, Sweden and Britain with Ref: Call for Protection of Journalists & Media Workers Against Undue Harm

Mr. Chester A. Smith, said, experiences have shown that conflict zones and countries with a proliferation of corrupt public officials, including Liberia as evidenced by recent U.S. Treasury Department sanctions, often target journalists and media workers to safeguard against being prosecuted or being named and shamed.

You may agree with me that Liberia has transcended years of civil wars, yet loyalists of belligerent groups still roam Liberia and most often under the direction of their former warlords, corrupt politicians, and close associates.

The International Declaration On The Protection Of Journalists states that all journalists, media professionals, and associated personnel have the right to protection from all human rights violations and abuses, including through killing, torture, enforced disappearance, arbitrary arrest, and detention, expulsion, intimidation, harassment, threats and acts of other forms of violence, detention.

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