Minister Nagbe says he is not an enemy of the media as it has been speculated, but wants the media landscape to be cleansed of what he calls “bad apples.”
He alluded to the fact that Free Press is indispensable to any country democracy but added that journalist have to live by their own code of ethics.
“I did not criticize the media as a unit. I am a friend of the media. In fact, I have started a conversation with the media which I believe will have to continue in order for us to have a media landscape that is free and part of the democratic process, but journalists must observe their own code of ethics,” Minister Nagbe said.
He indicated that although “we all agree that a free press is an indispensable part of our democracy, the press itself will have to perform in keeping with its own ethical standard”.
Speaking in an interview with Capitol FM on Monday, he said the Press Union of Liberia is responsible for media contents but certain individuals who he says called themselves journalists have decided not to form membership of the Union and are ignoring the code of ethics the Union has put forth.
The Minister added that the Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism (MICAT) will scrutinize the Liberian Media with the support of Press Union of Liberia in finding solution to deal with certain people who claim to be journalists but have refused to be a part of the Union and are thereby doing unethical things that are not associated with the profession.
“Some people are not journalists, they are not under the ambit of the Press Union, and yet they take to the airwaves and castigate the government in unacceptable manners”.
Despite all of those clashes with journalists, he said he is considering meeting with the Press Union of Liberia, the Publishers and Reporters Association of Liberia to review the work of the press and find some remedies.