Skip to main content

“No Journalist Will Be Arrested” - Information Minister Assures



Information Minister Eugene Nagbe has announced that no journalist will be sued or arrested during within  the next six years. 


Liberia’s Information Minister Len Eugene Nagbe speaking at a weekly press briefing said, the government is committed to protecting free speech and freedom of the press, because they are vital tools in strengthening democracy, and building a better society the world over.
Minister Nagbe said the Liberian government is focused more on building a strong economy- opening more schools, building more roads, providing affordable healthcare for poor families, creating jobs and reconciling the country after more than two decades of civil strife.
 He said Journalists can rest assure the new administration will support any move that will protect them in line with their duties.
Minister Nagbe who is also a veteran Journalist said there is a direct link between freedom of speech and vibrant democracy.
According to him, Free speech is an indispensable tool of self-governance in a democratic society. It enables people to obtain information from a diversity of sources, make decisions, and communicate those decisions to the central government. 
The Liberian information Minister lamented that, free speech facilitates majority rule.
"It is through talking that consensus is encouraged; thus helping citizens to form collective will," the Minister said.
“Respect the Table Mountain Declaration”
The information Minister also wants other cabinet Ministers to respect the laws that protect free press and speech.
He said the Table Mountain Declaration and the Freedom of Information Law were signed into law by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf few years ago; and must be respected. 
Liberia’s constitution provides for freedoms of speech and the press, but these rights were often restricted in practice by past governments.
In July 2012, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the second African head of state to endorse the Declaration of Table Mountain, which calls on African governments to abolish criminal defamation laws.
Although in January 2015 the President reiterated her desire to see the country’s criminal defamation laws repealed, no action has since been taken on a draft bill submitted in 2014, and such cases were still being brought to court in 2015, often with political undertones.
 Liberia’s libel laws also allow for large financial awards in civil suits, which can cause severe economic difficulties for journalists and media outlets, fostering self-censorship.
In 2010, Liberia enacted West Africa’s first freedom of information law.
Journalists and the public have the right to access any public document, with exemptions for those related to national security. 
In 2013, a court in Monrovia heard the country’s first freedom of information case and ruled in favor of the plaintiff.
The courts played a notable role in safeguarding press freedom in Liberia during 2015. In August, the Supreme Court ordered the National Chronicle, a newspaper that had been closed by the government in August 2014, to be reopened.
The closure followed complaints from national security officials about articles alleging the planned creation of an interim government that would unseat the President.
The authorities had argued that the newspaper’s closure was necessary to preserve national unity during the state of emergency. 
However, the court ruled that, since the state of emergency had elapsed in November 2014, keeping the Chronicle closed was “a violation of the [journalists’] rights not supported by the laws.”
Also during the year, the PUL, an umbrella organization for Liberia’s media professionals and institutions, demonstrated its autonomy in advocating for members who were at loggerheads with the government. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Liberia: Top 7 Iconic Music Videos Directed by Jackie Russ

​By Robert Serge Saint-Pe Alex Nyenga, alias, Jackie Russ has enjoyed a seven-year stint as a videographer which has put him behind the camera of numerous memorable Liberian music videos, earning him several nominations and awards. He has again proven himself as a top-notch video director over the past months, which has landed him nominations for the 2021 MTN – Liberian Music Awards (MLMA) for Best Music Videographer and the 2021 Liberian Entertainment Awards (LEA) for Video Director of The Year.  Even if Jackie Russ is not a familiar face, he is definitely a household name who has worked with many top Liberian artists and influential celebrities. One of his unhighlighted gesture is that he gifted Caroline M. Moore, better known as MC Caro with her first ever music video for her song “Bring Our Money Back” in 2018. Here is a look at the top seven iconic music videos directed by Jackie Russ. 7. Christoph Ft. Margas – Hold Your Polaruh (2016) “Hold Your Polaruh” was directed by Christoph

Liberian Movies: Hottest and Sexist Liberian Actors

                                                                      By Berenice Mulubah Checkout the hottest Liberian men in the movie industry.  If you can't stand the heat, don't look. These guys are smoking hot. Here are the10 hottest and sexiest Liberian actors who are burning up the movie scenes.                                                                                     Albert Capeheart   Jose Tolbert   Eddie Waston   Frank Artus   Diezi Dunbar   Bill Myers   Bobby V. Zoe   Montel Swaray   E Owusu Dahnsaw   Dream Debo              

Liberia: President Weah's fatherly role is lauded in an emotional letter written by his presidential aide.

  President George Manneh Weah's Special Presidential Aide, Sekou Kalasco Damaro Jomandy, has praised the Liberian leader for the fatherly role he (President Weah) has played in his personal life over the years. His gratitude to President Weah was expressed in an open letter to the Liberian leader, dated December 24, 2021, in which Presidential Aide Damaro noted that he was short of words to accurately capture the emotions he felt during his recent wedding, as well as the way he continues to feel with the level of fatherly love that President Weah has shown him throughout his life.  Check out the letter below:  H.E. Dr. George M. Weah President of Liberia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office Capitol Hill Republic of Liberia December 24, 2021 Ref: A letter to my Dearest Dad, Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia Mr. President: I pen these few words to you with a very high emotion expressed. In so much gratitude, I am out of words to exactly jot how I felt du