Liberia's Vice President Joseph N. Boakai
V.P Boakai Cautiously Reacts To Nation Times Publication
MONROVIA, July 8 (LINA) - Liberia's Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has reiterated that the media is an indispensable partner in the country’s reconstruction and development processes.
A press release issued here Wednesday quotes the Vice President as saying that he holds and has on several occasions espoused that in order to make the media the respectable and reliable societal watch-dog it should be, there was need for constant self-evaluation and scrutiny.
According to the press release, the Vice President extolled the Press Union for its disciplinary action against The Nation Times Newspaper for the unethical publication against him.
He underscored the need for continued capacity-building and other actions to help strengthen the media in its reportage, adding, “The decision, therefore, is a step in the right decision… though overdue.”
The press release said the Vice President Boakai is not in the least elated over the scope and weight of punitive actions that may come down upon wayward media outlets.
It added: “He instead remains more prayerful for collective efforts aimed at uplifting the practice of Journalism to an elevated, dutiful, balanced, and conscious platform that goes to promote our evolving democratic space.”
The Nation Times Newspaper in its April 8, 2015 edition published an article falsely maligning the character of Vice President Joseph Boakai captioned: “VP Boakai in Corruption Act – Over $68 Million Disappears in thin Air.”