President Sirleaf Continues Consultation With Stake Holders--Meets With Media

Tuesday, 28th August 2007
PUL President Barpeen presents document to Information Minister Dr. Bropleh
PUL President Barpeen presents document to Information Minister Dr. Bropleh
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has held talks with officials and members of the Press Union of Liberia in continuation of consultations with Stake holders.

At Tuesday’s meeting members of the Union welcomed the opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest with the President. The President of the Union, Mr. George Barpean said the reconstruction of Liberia depends on the involvement of all citizens, adding, “we must see ourselves as partners”.

Mr. Barpean noted that the press is an indispensable component in government’s efforts to promote its development and said there was a need for the inclusion of an information component in government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy to ensure its success.

An Executive Mansion release says members of the media praised the level of press freedom in the country, but urged government to adopt policies that would help strengthen and sustain the Liberian media.

Media Executives also called for support towards the adoption of the Freedom Information Act that would create the legal framework for the gathering of information in the country.  The act is still being drafted by the Union and other relevant institutions.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who earlier briefed the media on government development initiatives, progress and challenges, welcomed the partnership with the Press Union of Liberia and media institutions toward the achievement of the national objective.

The President assured the media that government will continue to work towards creating the enabling environment that would facilitate the work of the media. Responding to requests for government support toward media empowerment, the President said government will collaborate with other partners to help the Press achieve its objectives.

The President also welcomed suggestions from the Press Union in the formulation of a media strategy to be included in the Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Information Minister, Dr. Laurence Bropleh, who also attended Tuesday’s meeting, praised the collaborative spirit between the Union and his office, and urged the media to continue to stick to the core of the partnership which ensures that “in everything we do, Liberia comes first.”

PUL President, Barpeen later presented to the Information Minister a document, detailing the State of the Liberian Media. The document was later presented to President Sirleaf by the Information Minister.

Tuesday’s meeting was also attended by Lands, Mines, and Energy Minister, Dr. Eugene Shannon and Solicitor-general, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe.