Skip to main content

Lawmaker promises passage of press freedom bill

Sinoe County Representative and Chairman on Information and Broadcasting J. Nagbe Sloh has promised members of the media of the passage of the Kamara Abdullah Kamara Act of Press Freedom.

The late Kamara Abdullah Kamara (KAK) was a president of the Press Union of Liberia, but failed in his re-election bid before he died this year. Rep. Sloh promised the passage of the bill named in honor of Mr. Kamara on Monday, 2 July during hearing on a bill seeking to amend Chapter 11 of the Penal Law of 1978, repealing Sections 11.11
on criminal libel against the President; 11.12 on Sedition and 11.14 on criminal malevolent.The instrument is under scrutiny by the Joint House Committee on Information, Broadcast, Culture and Tourism and Judiciary.Rep. Sloh says he is going to lobby with his colleagues at the House of Representatives to make sure they pass the bill because it is very important.
According to him, when it gets to the Senate, he will do the same.Also speaking, the president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Mr. Charles Coffey said the repeal of this law will show total press freedom here.
He says the timely passage of this law will serve as a conduit for peace, stability and total unity in the country. According Mr. Coffey, libel is not only used against the media but also against every citizen.
Deputy Information Minister Daniel Gayedyu says the President of the Republic of Liberia Mr. George Manneh Weah has embarked on resolving a lot of issues, one of them being the free speech issue.
He says the uniqueness of re-submitting the instrument is that he’s doing it at the beginning of his administration. He calls on the House of Representatives to passed the bill.
For his part, WAJA president and former PUL president Mr. Peter Quaqua says the repeal of criminal defamation does not merely benefit the press, but also political, social and student activists.
He says it would sustain and strengthen the democratic beliefs, and give effect to the constitutional guarantees of free expression.Mr. Quaqua says Liberia has had two successive democratic elections since the end of the conflict, but progress will amount to nothing if the political process is governed by repressive laws.
By Bridgett Milton--Edited by Winston W. Parley

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

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

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