Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has told Liberian media practitioners to ensure that the dignity of the noble profession is restored. The Liberian Vice President’s comments were contained in his keynote message delivered at the programs organized by the Press Union of Liberia in observance of World Press Freedom day held in Voinjama, Lofa County.
He added: “You will need to act more genuinely and decisively to restore the dignity of the Liberian press.” “The misuse and abuse of the Liberian media by some Liberians must stop,” Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has cautioned. According to Vice President Boakai, the Liberian Government considers the press as a strategic partner in progress in recognition of the significant role it plays in the growth and development of the state. He indicated that all the government requires of the press is to keep the ethical standards of the journalism profession, and admonished journalists to see the Government in similar light, rather than as an adversary as some media practitioners would make it appear. “The pages of the newspapers and the airwaves of radio stations must be places of information, education, entertainment and development,” he said. He indicated that the government will not condone the trading of insults, vulgarity and the humiliation of national leaders and irreligious maligning of people’s character. “It (media) needs to ensure that all who practice journalism are truly worthy of the noble profession once practiced by great people whom our history continues to pay tribute to,” Boakai stressed. He told the gathering that the Liberian Government condemns in the strongest terms the murder and dehumanization of journalists across the world. “In no uncertain terms we consider those who unjustifiably target journalists as the real enemies of the world. Each of us must be held accountable for our actions just as each of us should allow the rule of law to take hold,” he stated.