Government of Liberia Remains Committed to Press Freedom,Respect for the Rule of Law And Human Rights-Vp Boakai

Wednesday, 26th September 2012

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has reiterated that the Government of Liberia remains committed to championing press freedom, respect for the rule of law and human rights and warned against turning a blind eye to assaults on civil liberties.

He said watchdog institutions such as the fourth estate and civil society organizations have a front li ne role of fighting ills of society including corruption and welcome news of the Press Union  of Liberia attempts to experiment with new ideas aimed at injecting greater professionalism and responsibility in the practices of journalism.

Speaking at the Mid term partnersís conference of civil society and media leadership program at the Monrovia City Hall Wednesday, Vice President Boakia said the Government of Liberia acknowledge the expressed intent of the Press Union of Liberia to introduce eligibility criteria for certification of journalism as a welcome sign of its own appreciation of the prevalence of tendencies that go to mar the image of the profession.

A release from the Office of the Vice President quotes him as saying that it is a welcome development by the PUL to toy with the idea of introducing a regime of academic,training and experimential prerequisites for admission of would be journalists in the profession.

The Mid- term Partnersís conference held under the theme Ďfighting corruption,promoting gender and youth development and reconciling Liberians setting the strategic direction for media and civil society in Liberiaí brings together media institutions and civil society organizations and partners to review the way forward for the media and civil society organizations.