Police Inspector General Col. C .Clarence Massaquoi
Inquirer Boss Wants Govt. Reopen Shut Newspaper
By Robert Dixon/JKW
MONROVIA, November 5 (LINA) -The Managing Editor of the independent Inquirer Newspaper, Philip N. Wesseh, has appealed to the Liberian Government to reopen the National Chronicle newspaper to enhance government’s commitment to free press.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Wesseh made the statement when he served as panelist at a symposium to commemorate the “International Day to End Impunity for Crime against Journalist” on Monday at the YMCA building in Monrovia.
It can be recalled that the government has said that ongoing investigation necessitate that at least there be no publication of the paper which had published a series of articles that could reverse the democratic order by means not provided by the Liberian Constitution.
Speaking on “Breaking the Culture of Impunity; creating a safe climate for Journalists”, Wesseh said the continued closure of the paper has created panic among media establishment owners and journalists.
According to him, reopening the paper will ease the fear among media entities that their businesses could be the next target of the government.
He also cautioned journalists to always balance their stories before publishing, noting that no journalist is above the law as they are responsible for what they publish.
For his part, Police Inspector General Col. C .Clarence Massaquoi also encouraged media practitioners to check the facts before publishing stories that have the propensity to tarnish the reputation of others.
Massaquoi said there should be collaboration, cooperation and coordination between the Liberia National Police and the media, noting that both need each other to succeed in their respective duties and responsibilities.