As a sign of demonstrating her commitment to freedom of the press and expression, the President of Liberia has set aside the sum of three hundred thousand United States Dollars for the construction of the headquarter of the Press Union of Liberia.
Making the revelation during the Government weekly press briefing yesterday, the Assistance Minister for Information Services of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Wellington G. Smith, said that this drive was meant by the government to give a facelift to the media landscape of the country and provide a descent platform where the Union will be operating. Minister Smith said that this is to affirm the assurance of the President on press freedom as other countries are using every method to trample on the existence of the rights of the press. Recently, the President organized a retreat in Grand Bassa County to meet with cross section of the media in the country. The outcome of that meeting saw the President sending a Bill to Parliament to decriminalize free speech in order to enable the press functions without intimidation. If the Bill is passed into law, every media offense will be treated as civil rather than being a criminal offense.