Minister Sannoh said the Liberian Government has the responsibility to protect its citizens and its territorial borders; therefore it will not allow anyone to use the media to denigrate the Liberian government.
Addressing journalists recently at the MICAT press briefing, the Liberia Justice Minister observed that since the death of LPRC former Managing Director Harry Greaves there have been misinformations linking the Government to the mysterious death.
He said while it is true that press freedom is a constitutional right and an instrument of good governance, equally so, it could be used to incite violence in the country.
The Justice Minister also noted that the Government of Liberia has the responsibility to provide an enabling environment and balance the rights of everyone irrespective of status.
He said in recent times the Government of Liberia has also observed that several radio stations and newspapers have published malicious stories bordering on falsehood to slander the Government which continued to demoralize the good efforts of the Liberian Government.
Cllr. Sannoh warned people who believe that they can use the media arbitrarily to malign the Government to stop or face the full weight of the law.
The Justice Minister called on the Liberian media to work in conformity with the law.
The attorney general used the occasion to also praise some media personnel for the level of professionalism, and urged other journalists to follow suit and avoid falsehood.
At the same time Information Minister Eugene Nagbe has ordered the management of the Hot Pepper newspaper to apologize to the Liberian people for fabricating what he calls “lies” or face some disciplinary measures.
Minister Nagbe did not elaborate, but said since the death of Mr. Harry Greaves the Hot Pepper Newspaper has been publishing unsubstantial information without seeking clarification from the relevant authority.