The Press Union of Liberia says it is concerned about reinforced hostilities against the media from within the power cycle of President George M. Weah.
PUL President, Charles Cuffey
On Wednesday, 19 December 2018, Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah vowed to “weaponize” government’s base so as to make it capable to deal with what he described as “mistruth and falsehood in the media.”
“We’ll weaponize through the case to go and deal with mistruths and falsehoods in the media,” the Minister told ‘militants’ of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change at an event which scores of members of the former ruling Unity Party defected to the now governing CDC.
“Such posture and rallying of young fanatics put journalists at Frontpage Africa at risks and is entirely a big step to downgrade media favorability in the public,” the PUL stressed.
The threat is a second contained in official responses to an FPA investigation which speaks of a fraudster’s effort to robe the country of over US$32 million being thwarted at last minute due to alarm from the international banking community. The paper is reporting multiple layers of corruption, fiscal mismanagement, kickbacks and waste resulting in millions of dollars in losses from the Liberian government coffers in just the first year of the Coalition for Democratic Change government.
Presidential Affairs Minister, Nathaniel McGill had on Monday, December 17, 2018 threatened to jail Journalist Rodney Sieh.
Nathaniel McGill: “I think Rodney Sieh, the press and the FrontPage Africa is a criminal entity bent on tarnishing the good reputation of people…. if it is proven that I motorized the payment, I’m going to resign from the government but if it is not proven, Rodney Sieh will go to jail because I will not allow people to tarnish my reputation. I worked for my reputation.”
In the wake of the latest all out combustible official deportment against the media in Liberia, the Press Union of Liberia is reminding President Weah of his commitment to uphold civil liberties including respect for the free press.
The PUL is calling on President Weah to advise his assistants to end their inflammatory comments and actions against the media because these negative energies undercut the country’s democratic gains.
The New Republic Newspaper is an independent newspaper established in 2009 by a Liberian journalist, Alphonso Toweh with many years of experience for the key purpose of reporting a balanced coverage of events as well as promoting Liberia’s image locally and internationally.
Toweh has been working for Reuters News Agency as its correspondent since 1998 to present. In addition to that, he has served as correspondents for the following magazines: West Africa New African, Africa Week and African Observer.
More to that, he worked for Radio Deutche Welle radio in Germany, Radio Netherlands and contributed to CNN, BBC News hour, BBC TV as well as Africa Confidential and Sunday Times in London.
The paper has no political affiliation nor ethic lineage. The focus and primary commitment is to ensure the sovereignty of Liberia and unity for Africa. It seeks to foster human rights and freedom of the press.
The New Republic is a liberal paper dedicated to upholding the tenets of democracy. It believes that state can not only create the political, social, economic and cultural spirit, but also to ensure that all human beings, irrespective of any affiliation is able to achieve its highest human potentials.
The paper strives for free speech and equal opportunity for all. Importantly, it believes that the nation must intervene judiciously in the economic life, in order to minimise the adverse effects of free enterprise and ensure that less privileged people have reasonable and fair access to the basic necessities of life. By this, it would help reduce some level of threat.
New Republic brings huge commitment to its readers and offers the nation the type of media that will advocate for the people and nudge our nation on the path of development and social re-engineering