In an effort to strengthen Media Self- regulation and Accountability for global peace and security, the Press Union of Liberia announces the launch of the National Media Council and the Revised Code of Ethics for Liberian Journalists.
The National Media Council is established for the purpose of self-regulating media accountability and professional conduct in Liberia, pursuant to the journalism Code of Ethics. The National Media Council is the modified successor of the Media Complaints Committee of the PUL. The membership of the Council is drawn from sectors of the society, which includes: three media representatives, two representatives from the religious community and one each from civil society organizations, women groups, academia, and the legislature. The Council members were selected through a meticulous and competitive process, followed by orientations on the operational framework of the NMC and the Revised Code of Ethics for Liberian Journalists. The Revised Code and the Media Council were adopted at the 3rd Tri-Annual Congress of the Union in Ganta, Nimba County on November 18, 2016. Among other functions, the Council will undertake appropriate and proactive measures to ensure adherence to the highest journalistic standards, including investigation, mediation and settlement of complaints made against or by the press. A PUL release recognized the support of USAID in strengthening media self-regulation in Liberia, which is part of a bigger media law reform being led by the Press Union with technical support from Internews. The President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the American Ambassador are expected to make remarks at the event, which takes place at the Monrovia City Hall on Tuesday, April 25th beginning at 4:00 pm. The Union is excited that the launch of the National Media Council will stimulate additional public confidence and compliment on-going efforts to decriminalize press offenses in Liberia that is already in advance stages.