Delivering key note address at a daylong conference on land at the Monrovia City Hall, Minister Nagbe mentioned that despite improvements in land reform there is an incomplete matrix if those who are to benefit from good governance in land issues are not aware and informed about the reform.
Nagbe commented that land issues in Liberia have always resulted to conflicts, and that the media has the responsibility to seek the general interest of the public by increased reportage on land.
The Liberian media landscape, Nagbe noted, is vibrant; but must transcend merely regurgitating news and information to reporting in a positive way to shape society.
“We have to use symposiums to harness the capacity of the media to deal specifically with land issues because all the good developments that have happened with land will not be impactful if the media role is overlooked,” he added.
“There has to be a partnership between the media and the policy makers, formulators, and implementers, and we have to make available the tools that are required like materials, access to information to affect the work of the media,” he stressed.
However, Nagbe said that the media must avoid self censorship because what is reported has the ability to make or break the country.
“It is very critical that the media not engage in censorship by omission, leaving out some of the critical news because there have been some unreported big events in Liberia,” Nagbe said.