Sherman ‘Unaware’ of Trial on TV

first_imgCllr. Moses Paegar, one of the lead lawyers for Senator Varney G. Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County indicted in the Global Witness bribery scandal yesterday clarified that there is no request before Criminal Court ‘C’ regarding televising the trial as being assured by Cllr. Fonati Koffa, head of the Special Presidential Task Force.Cllr. Paegar, who is also the president of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) argued that there is not a single request from the court in that direction.“If they were interested in televising the entire case they would have done that by filing an application to the court of which a copy would be sent to us, lawyers,” Cllr. Paegar noted when he spoke with the Daily Observer via mobile phone.He added, “But, nothing has been filed so how would they inform Liberians that the case would be on television?”“We are not going to dignify or rebut it,” Cllr. Paegar emphasized.Prior to Cllr. Paegar’s assertion, Cllr. Koffa while being interviewed by Frontpage Africa newspaper said, “Our intent is to negotiate with the court to allow the public both locally and internationally to watch the trial in real time to ensure transparent justice during the course of the trial.”“This is part of transparent justice. The jury will be aware that the public is watching them and the international community also will be watching it live, while the trial is going on,” Cllr. Koffa assured.He added “We will be able to go to the taskforce’s website and watch the trial on national television.”However, under the law, and many local rules of court prohibit the photographing, broadcasting or televising of court proceedings.The rules against televising and photographing were adopted, and are almost universally accepted, as a guide to judges in their endeavor to assure every person of his right to fair trial, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe told the Observer via mobile phone.“Even, if there were to be the televising of a case, that needs to meet the parties’ and judge’s agreement,” Cllr. Gongloe indicated.According to him, the opposing party has the legal right to object to the proposal.“Except as permitted by the individual judge, the use of cameras, television or other recording or broadcasting equipment is prohibited in a courtroom or in the immediate vicinity of a courtroom,” Gongloe emphasized, adding, “They have to obtain permission from the judge before making that public announcement.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HottFm 107.9 Releases New Songs on LIB Top 75 Playlist

first_imgWith a passion for underground as much as international Hip-Co music, the industry is getting serious as more and more people are engaging in concert going and Liberian music. HottFm 107.9, alias One Media House, has done just about that by strategizing a way to blend every part of entertainment into one. One Media House, consisting of event planning, management, recording studio, advertising, humanitarianism, community development, artist promotion and a list of other things, HottFm is 100 percent engaged in Liberian entertainment and opening lanes for artists who have the ‘right stuff.’With the coming of the New Year, and the anticipated 2017 elections, HottFm has put its hands on a list of eye popping, heart racing events up to January 1, 2017 to get everyone’s mind ready for what’s ahead. For now, the country is hyped.First up is the LIB Top 75 Playlist, a creative playlist hosting more than 70 songs from Liberian artists living in all parts of the world. What makes the playlist exciting is the fact that songs featured on it are always a blend of super-talented and peaking artists. For example, Starmelo-D (the D is silent), an afro-pop artist with the smashing hit ‘Rude rude tings,’ has been in the industry since 2014, but as an underground artist, this young lad has been making music for years. A sound engineer first and foremost, Starmelo-D decided that it was time to sing over the sound of music that he cooks so well in the kitchen.“When I first started in the music industry, I was just a sound engineer. In 2014, I did a sample track about Liberia and the amount of positive feedback I received gave me the faith. Since then, I began enjoying the music more, every passing day it becomes a part of me,” he said.Now considered to have one of the best hit singles out, Starmelo-D’s ‘Rude rude tings’ has been on the Lib Top 75 Playlist for the past four months leaving him spellbound by the amount of followers he now has.Meanwhile, HottFm is also hosting a massive International concert in collaboration with the brains behind the “ADAY” initiative, Prince Jimmy Dee, who will be bringing down ‘Danze’ hitmaker Young Muse and his management team, Skylet White, the boss-lady’s voice behind‘Balance,’ on December 17 at Bernards Beach.The two artists are expected in Liberia today, December 15, 2016. Excited and prepared to see home, their fans, friends and family, the two have a professional show planned for LIB. What many don’t know is that Young Muse is one of Liberia’s most sought after artist.Nicki Minaj’s former manager and Waka Flaka Flame’s mother, Ms. Deborah Atney, has always said that she has a special interest in Young Muse’s music. Young Muse has had the opportunity of being mentored by some of the best in the music business; and with that said, he has something ‘real’ to show Liberia.There will be security and a protocol during the Jingle Bells Beach Jam that will be people friendly and safe for all. The artists, according to information coming from HottFm, will have ample time to perform.Again as we head closer to season time, it’s time to pop those bottles, have fun and enjoy the show. Below is a listing of the newest songs to be added to the playlist… LIB Top 75 PlaylistScientific – Ain’t Got Time (Prod. By Hasty Baba)Kobazzie – Ma U Gifted (Prod. Quincy B)2switt – My Woman SweeterQuincy B. Olukupie PerfAG DA Profit Feat. Shuaibu – Baby YooAG-Da-Profit-Feat.-True-Story-Daddy-Cool-Bumping-HipcoC.I.C ft. F.A John Buttay prod. by Kizzy WChiller Coolnanee – One more Chance -(Beat Master)201600ConCcoins Feat. DenG – Some MoreEric-Geso-Fall-Down-DieProd.-KillerBeatz1Flex – HOLY GHOST Fire ThemFREE RAP BONUS- SPEEDOI Here- PCK L FrankieKizzy-W-Feat.-C.I.C.-Backa-YardMr. Smith (LIB Money) – Let’s Go PlayMz.-Menneh-Cuddle-Boy-SHOUT CIC ft CRISHTOP N OTHERSSoulfresh-Red-Banks-Prod.-Stone-LuckShineSTATE OF THE NATION- cyphaSweetz – Like Your Business (US Mastered)Tag Team – Least GbellehTan-Tan-B-Feat.-Teddyride-Fullest4-U-Fool-MeVenny Ten Ten‘Woman Lapa Squezze Ft Nig BoyZoko (Pillz)Mezonic – Dah LehVoMezonic – Kelewele Love(master)Make it thick Sammie Love featuring StarmelodJuice- Cypha D King featuring ChristpohCrazy for your love- Z. PapooseShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Agriculture Minister to Focus on Improving Extension Services

first_imgMrs. Wiles with Dr. Charles McClain (left), Deputy Minister for Planning at the MOA, and Thomas Gbobie, Deputy Minister for Extension.The newly appointed Minister of Agriculture Seklau Wiles says improvement on extension delivery services to farmers will be her main focus.Madam Wiles made the disclosure to the Daily Observer last Saturday in Sackie Town, Bomi County, where she visited farmers in that region.Extension delivery service to Liberian farmers is still a major challenge for the country’s agriculture sector.The minister’s visit was prompted by recent media reports that several farmers in Bomi County lacked access to planting materials, mainly rice seeds for this farming season.Mrs. Wiles, former deputy minister for technical services at the Ministry of Agriculture, replaced Dr. Moses Zinnah, who served from September 2015 to May 17, 2017.“Our visit to farmers in Bomi was to assess their needs in order to provide necessary assistance. We will continue to make extension delivery a priority because agricultural development begins with extension. It is important that we continue to work directly with farmers,” she said.“We noticed that many of the farmers made farms last year but failed to preserve some of their seeds to plant. Therefore, we are working to identify those needs to enable us provide them.”According to her the farmers identified will be given improved rice seeds to commence planting as soon as possible.She added that farmers who are registered by the MOA in the fifteen counties are to shortly receive inputs, such as fertilizers, seeds and cassava cuttings.“We have already commenced the delivery of inputs to farmers beginning with those in the southeast. It is expected that by the middle of June, we shall have completed the provision of inputs,” she added.Recently, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf launched the “Zero Hunger Strategic Report” in Monrovia that calls on world leaders to work harder to end hunger by 2030, under the United Nations’ mandate.Meanwhile, Madam Wiles said Liberia can reduce rice importation provided more attention is given to farmers to produce right locally.“We can produce enough of our staple food (rice), if mechanization is encouraged among our farmers. This is why we are now assessing their needs to know the kind of support to give. We would love for our farmers to farm on the same plot year after another, using mechanized equipment. This will enable the scientists at the ministry to find out their problems and find solution that will lead us to increase rice production,” she said.The County Agriculture Coordinator (CAC) of Bomi County, Christopher Momo, told this newspaper that more than 20,000 registered farmers in the county will benefit from MOA inputs.He said his office was involved in varying the inputs needs of farmers but logistic is a serious constraint.Momo mentioned that although farmers in Bomi were making progress, issues such as land preparation and access to improved seeds were major challenges confronting them.“Before citizens in Bomi County were considered as people who lacked interest in agriculture, but we now have a lot of potential farmers who are striving to promote food production in the various farming villages. The support from the MOA and its partners will greatly enhance productivity to dispel the notion that the people of this county are lazy,” he stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LISCR FC, Muscat FC Paired in FA Cup Round Two

first_imgAfter being the last two teams to qualify for the last 14 of the ongoing Knockout Cup, first division LISCR FC and third division champion side Muscat FC were yesterday paired in the round two draw of the competition.Muscat joined the last 14 after they defeated their 3rd division championship counterparts Grass-field Athletic Club 1-0, scored by their new striker Mark Yallah in the 64th minute, while their next opponents LISCR FC advanced to the next round following the 2-0 victory over Watanga FC.It was LISCR’s second win against Watanga in three matches after LISCR secured four points for the two times they met in the championship.In other pairings, league leaders FC Fasssel will go against Morris Young Tigers FC after their crucial victory against Barrack Young Controllers on Wednesday.On Thursday, May 25, outstanding third division championship side Samira FC will go against Jubilee in the first encounter, while Nimba United will battle Holders FC in the second encounter.In Friday’s pairings, May 26, it will be another difficult task for the Sunshine Yellow Boys (Invincible Eleven) when they go against their first division counterparts, Keitrace FC. The Sunshine Yellow Boys have lost twice to Keitrace this season. Later in the second match, another first division clash will see LPRC Oilers going against Monrovia Club Breweries, who advanced to the second round after defeating Harbel Athletic 2-1 in their first knockout match.The final knockout match on Saturday, May 27, will see FC Bea Mountain facing first division strugglers ELWA United.All the matches will be played at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Tribute to All Mothers

first_imgBy F Shelton GonkerwonFrom where I sit in thrilled solitudeBeholding mothers through the corner of my eyesWherever they are in the near and distant landsI could espy them in an orderly motherly rowAs they patiently wait with their heads honorably bowedSeeking God’s face in the heavily troubled earthly raceWhen evil men have made justice and rights absolute slavesWhen social disasters have become the ultimate goal of political mastersAnd when satanic villains are planting graves all over the placeI could see in their hands living seeds intended to sowIn their enthusiastic mood to produce assorted eatable fruitsAimed at placing joy over sorrow to ensure Christly marrowAnd establish the spirit of true love and keep the light of unity burningThey are the living light, the foundation and the family mightTaking daily pains to ensure desired family gainsDreaming Christly dream to establish Christly creamServing as managers of men and all of their unguided hensGiving their best in the wake of unavoidable worldly testsWhile accepting unprovoked insults just to produce needed resultsAnd challenging the fearful dark to leave outstanding marksThey would provide hope in the face of loveless lookThey would remain tough when things become absolutely roughThey would painfully shed tears when you have punishment to bearMay their sun rise and transparently shineMay they not disgracefully fallBut to defiantly stand tall in the morality hallTo always honor God’s persistent callsIn line with the Christly writing on the wallMay Christ continue to place them the first and quench their thirstMay they be honorably honored and not be ponderedMay their gains remain firm to replace those devil created painsMay God’s grace keep them protected in the lifelong raceMay their deeds subdue the evil men’s weedsI wish you safe journey as you seek the eternal placeShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Accepting Findley in CDC: Has He Turned Good Now?

first_imgOne of the interesting things about Liberia’s multi-party democracy is the political cross-carpeting that takes place, especially at election time. It may be recalled that in the 2011 presidential and legislative elections, many people left their parties for the ruling Unity Party when the green light unveiled that the possibility was high for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to win the election. At that time, you could see many groups formed to support Ellen’s reelection. Some legislative candidates left their parties in support of Ellen’s second term for a publicized reason that “she was the best choice for Liberia at the time.” Support of Ellen, it was deemed, would lead voters closer to her. But unfortunately, many of these cross-carpeters did not make it to the legislature. However, some of the unfortunate candidates were able to end up in prominent government positions by presidential appointment, bringing into play the true intent of defection, crystallized by the saying, “Politics is interest.”A similar situation is unfolding today as the October 10 election fast approaches. There have been many instances of cross-carpeting, the latest being Unity Party stalwart and former Grand Bassa Senator Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, who rose to the dignified position of Senate President Pro Tempore. Senator Findley later lost his Senate seat and his high-profile position. Findley then defected from the UP right after the new UP standard bearer, Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, picked Speaker Emmanuel J. Nuquay as his running mate. In his resignation statement, Findley told the public that his political ideology and that of the Unity Party “were no longer in consonance.” Moreover, he said politics is interest, and that the Constitution gives everyone the right to associate or disassociate with any group or union.We challenged Mr. Findley in our editorial following his resignation to clarify how different was his political ideology vis-a-vis that of the Unity Party, but he did not respond. Now he has joined the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (otherwise Coalition for Democratic Change) and the political leader, George Weah, has welcomed and given him all of the positive adjectives. But long before joining CDC, Findley, like other ruling party stalwarts, had campaigned for his beloved UP and described CDC as a “party of immature members and an immature political leader.” Senator Findley and other UP partisans had campaigned against George Weah, saying that he was politically incompetent, lacked education and public speaking skills. Findley and company branded CDC partisans as a bunch of hooligans with no agenda but only troublemakers.In response, George Weah and his CDC members had described Findley and the ruling Unity Party members as a “bunch of rogues who have squandered the country’s money and diverted it to their own use, leaving Liberians in abject poverty.” Even though George Weah and some members of his CDC work in the first branch of government as Senators and Representatives, they have always distanced themselves from anything that has to do with failure of the government; referring to the rest of government officials only as “rogues”, of which Findley had been a part, even though he, too, like Weah and others, was also in the first branch of government.Now that Findley has joined CDC, Weah in his welcoming statement described Findley as “an astute leader with an impeccable record of service to our noble country. He has contributed immensely to the governance process of our country and I believe he will be a great asset to our movement.” Weah continued: “Findley’s move to our political institution is a testament that Liberians from all sectors of our society are yearning for change and see the CDC as the best political institution and only option to effectively bring about the change that Liberians truly desire. As he officially joins our movement for change today, I have no doubt in his ability to work assiduously and passionately to ensure that we realize our quest for a prosperous Liberia. I ask that you all embrace him with open arms and join me in giving him a rousing welcome to our great institution, CDC—the party of the people and for the people.”As these praises go out to Findley from Weah, how can both of them reconcile the earlier descriptions they gave each other? Has Findley now been baptized in a fountain of the good? And have CDC partisans and George Weah suddenly become academically, morally and politically refined? This is not only unique to the CDC and Gbehzohngar Findley. There have been many instances of political cross-overs since politics began to heat up for the pending election. From research, decisions leading to political cross-carpeting in Liberia have been based more on superficial interest than principles or state interest. This is why in our editorials, we have always advised Liberian voters to be careful in making decisions; for our decision may come back to haunt us—and make us end up looking ridiculous and opportunistic, plain and simple.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘170 Years Without Definite Land Laws’

first_imgAn indefinite land law is a major hindrance to peace, Manobah says.(Photo: Marco Di Lauro)– Land Commissioner lamentsAs land issues continue to pose serious challenges to the peace and stability of Liberia, the Commissioner on Policy and Planning at the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) has blamed the situation on the lack of a “definite land law” in Liberia. “Our country is now 170 years old and there is not a well-defined law as to its administration and management,” Adams Manobah argued.Atty. Manobah made the remarks Saturday at a one-day awareness campaign on the ‘Act Against the Criminal Conveyance of Land’ that is intended to punish those involved in double land sales, that was passed into law in 2014, and the Rights Bill that is currently before the legislature.“There is a very old law that cannot resolve the increasing wave of criminal conveyance of land in the country and the law is outdated and very weak to provide land security for you,” Manobah observed.The campaign, funded by USAID-Land Governance Support Agency (LGSA), was held in Johnsonville Township, Montserrado County with the participants recommending the setting-up of a community land task force monitoring land sale transactions in the area to avoid future conflict. Johnsonville Township is one of the areas that have experienced several land crises, like the Bright Farm land dispute which resulted in several people being killed.Apart from lacking land law, Manobah believes that the courts are another contributing factor to the crisis. “The court should be the place where people go to seek redress on their land issues, but that is not the case. Rather people are afraid to go there, because those who work there only believe in taking bribes,” the land commissioner alleged,  adding, “they take bribes to prepare multiple letters of administration just for a single plot of land.”Johnsonville Township Commissioner Melvin Bettie, supported Manobah’s allegation that the court is behind the illegal sale of lands. Bettie claimed that the Probate Court is helping to undermine the enforcement of the criminal conveyance law. “It is this court that is issuing fake letters of administration that are at the center of Johnsonville’s land crises,” the township commissioner claimed. “The court cannot solve our land problems by issuing a deed for land to over 50 persons at a time. This is what happened in the Bright Farm case.”Acting Chief of Party of USAID-LGSA, Anny Bruins, said double land sale is very scary, but she believes that with collective efforts, the communities can resolve the problem. Also, LLA executive director Stanley Toe assured the gathering about the Land Rights Bill, which is on the verge of being passed by the legislature. “This bill has been around since 2014, but right now, it is in the committee room at the legislature, and by Thursday, August 10, we will hear good news about the bill,” Toe said.Madam Bloh Sayeh, director general for the Center of National Documents, Records Agency (CNDRA), said her agency has put in place various steps in land deed registration and actions are being taken to mitigate falsification of land documents. “Everything around land matters is fake but we are doing our best to solve our age old practice of forgery and other illegal land issues,” Sayeh noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Runoff Cancelled; NEC Directed to “Give Urgent Attention to” LP’s Complaints

first_imgLiberia’s Justice Minister, Cllr. F. Musa Dean, has been tasked by President George Weah to determine the veracity of the latest Global Witness report involving ExxonMobil and former Liberian government officials. Just day to the holding of the November 7 runoff election, the Supreme Court has ordered the cancellation of the process, pending an investigation into allegation of gross irregularities and frauds arising from the conduct of the October 10 presidential and legislative by the Liberty Party (LP).Reading the joint decision of the five-panel justices yesterday, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said, “the alternative writ of prohibition ordered issued by Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, Justice in Chamber, is upheld and sustained, and the peremptory writ of prohibition requested by the LP is hereby granted.”As for the National Elections Commission (NEC), Justice Korkpor stated, “NEC is estopped and prohibited from conducting the runoff election, until the complaints filed by the LP are investigated by the NEC, and if need be the party appeal process to the Supreme Court is availed of and the matter is decided by the court.” Scenes from the Supreme Court ruling in the case of LP’s request for Writ of Prohibition agains…1 of 14 An excited Wilmot Paye at the supreme court following the ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Concluding, the chief justice emphasized by saying, “because of the critical nature of the complaints, subject of the petition proceedings, and its implication on the governance of the nation, the NEC is directed to give urgent attention to the expeditious hearing and determination.” Overview of attendants at the hearing in the Supreme Court chamber (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Justices Jamesetta H. Wolokollie and Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh, the two female justices of the Supreme Court (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Karnwea, Bility, Paye and Sanvee sitting in the supreme court for the hearing (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Justices Philip A. Z. Banks, Kabina Ja’neh and Francis Korkpor (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Overview of the attendants of the hearing at the Supreme Court (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh)center_img Kuku Dorbor in an interview with journalists (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Cllr. Dean in an interview following the Supreme Court ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) NEC’s lawyer, Cllr. Musa Dean, following the Supreme Court ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Prince Toles, Representative candidate of the Liberty Party during the October 10 elections, with his Colleague at the court (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) A crowd waited peacefully outside the Supreme Court, awaiting the ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) The five justices in the Supreme Court (from left): Justices Banks, Ja’neh, Chief Justice Korkpor, Justices Wolokollie and Yuoh (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Liberty Party chairman Ben Sanvee in an interview with journalists after the Supreme Court ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NGO Coalition Honors Several for ‘Forest Governance, Leadership in 2018′

first_imgSome of the honorees with the organizers of the NGO Coalition event.Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Coalition on Friday, December 14, 2018, honored several individuals and institutions for their outstanding performances and contributions to forest governance and leadership in the country.The award categories include, Best Human Rights Award, Leadership Award, Forest and Environmental Media Award, Gender Award, International Advocacy Award and Governance and Reform Award.The ceremony was held at a resort in Sinkor, Monrovia. The December 14 award program, according to the organizers, is the first of its kind since the establishment of the NGO Coalition 15 years ago.Cllr. T. Negbalee Wanner, Dean of Louis Arthur Grimes School, and Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods of the Liberian Law Society, received the “Best Human Rights Award–2018, while the state-run Broadcasting Corporation (ELBC) and the independent Daily Observer newspaper, also received the “Forest and Environmental Media Award, respectively.Other institutions were the Sustainable Development Initiative, Save My Future Foundation, Green Advocates, and Harrison S. Karnwea, received the Forest Governance and Reform Award.Mr. Karnwea is the chairman of the Board of Directors, Forestry Development Authority. The NGO Coalition of Liberia is the premier body of organizations working within the natural resource governance sector of Liberia.It is a broad-based advocate and professional disciplined mother organization of over 20 civil society organizations working to promote forest governance’s principles and applications in oil palm, REDD+, Land rights as well as the VPA-FLEGT processes in Liberia.Among other things, the Coalition strengthens the voices and influence of forest communities in enhancing natural resource governance in Liberia. It is credited for creating a media advocacy campaign on the proliferation and systematic abuse of Private Use Permits (PUPs), a campaign that contributed to government’s decision to place moratorium on logging activities under PUP, and subsequently led to the closure of the PUP.The advocacy history of the NGO Coalition dates back in 2003 when it campaigned for the inclusion of natural resource and human rights issues on the agenda of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).Friday’s Award was part of a campaign to encourage other decision makers to join hands with the Coalition to push for transparency and accountability in forest governance with the aims to protect communities’ benefits and rights under the Social Agreements (SA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LNP Assures Journalists Protection on June 7

first_imgIG Sudue (left): “We’re aware of the journalists’ role. Mr. Coffey (right): “Let the gov’t settle her financial obligations with the media To safeguard journalists and news entities coverage of the planned June 7 “peaceful protest,” the Liberia National Police (LNP) has promised to provide security for reporters on duty during the event, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) said in a release.According to the release, Police Inspector General Patrick T. Sudue gave the assurance shortly after meeting the PUL leadership on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in Monrovia.“The police shall protect all (local and foreign) journalists throughout the protest.”Sudue however cautioned journalists to work on their visibility to avoid any situation of mistaken identity when gathering news about the protest.He then announced a ban on the deployment of armed police officers throughout the June 7 protest.Meanwhile, IG Sudue has expressed fear of “assets on the loose” referencing terrorist groups operating in West Africa that the protesters should be mindful of the possible unexpected presence during the exercise, because terrorists target large groups of people in one location.PUL President Charles B. Coffey, Jr. stressed the need for the safety of journalists, and the aligning duty of the police to ensure the safety of the reporters, while covering public events such as rallies and protests.Coffey said it was important that the PUL and LNP officers innovate ideas that will avoid violence against journalists during the mass gathering of people on June 7.The United Nations Security Council passed a historic resolution in 2006, calling for an end to impunity against journalists, and the subsequent 2012 action of major UN agencies to arrive at a comprehensive ‘Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists.’In the wake of the June 7 protest, the United Nations and West African Regional Envoys, have been holding separate meetings with the Weah Administration and the Council of Patriots (protest organizers) in an effort to ensure that the country’s laws are upheld as fundamental human rights.Media woesIn a related development, the release said PUL leadership is worried about the worsening contraction of the media economy.“The Union is sickened by the decline in advertisement flow to the traditional media in the country,” the release said.But Coffey said the deteriorating state of revenue intake in the media can be related to government sanctioning advertisements on the Executive Mansion Website.Mr. Coffey wants government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development partners, private and public financial institutions to contribute to stimulating advertisement in the traditional media in Liberia as means for helping journalism to survive.“It is important that government settle its indebtedness with Media institutions, because these are small businesses, which now find it difficult to operate in the absence of low energy supply in the country.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more