Vice President Joseph N. Boakai
VP Boakai Frowns On Unfair Exercise Of Free Speech
By Ballah M. Kollie, LINA
MONROVIA, September 28 (LINA) – Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has lamented the irresponsible and unfair manner in which citizens exercise freedom of expression despite the tremendous progress made in the Open Government Partnership (OGP).
Vice President Boakai also regretted that despite the astute leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, editors and managers of media outlets, who have the right to information, deliberately choose to publish outright lies and engage in blackmail.
The Vice President’s statement contained in a speech delivered on his behalf by Office Chief of Staff Sam Stevquoah during this year's Observance of World Right to Know Day Monday. The occasion coincided with the launch of Liberia’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan.
“Yes, there are still challenges as we celebrate this year’s International Right to Know Day, we want to remind all of us that Government, civil society and the private sector each has an important role to play, and the lesson we see again and again is that we are most effective when we work together,.” the Liberian Vice President noted.
“This is a moment in time when smart, thoughtful and creative action by government, civil society, international partners and the private sector is urgently needed, especially when the country continues to support important international legal frameworks that provide the roadmaps for the prevention and combating of corruption and conditions that fuel poverty in riches, and that give us tools for
international legal cooperation,” VP Boakai added.
Meanwhile Vice President Boakai has stressed the need for every Liberian to be kept abreast of the latest events that affect or are of interest to them.
He said while it is important to know what is happening in our neighbor’s backyard, it will be worthwhile when we also strive to know what the newspapers are reporting or what the morning talk shows do as a way of soliciting information on issues that affect how we live, or information on natural disasters.
“Sadly, our country is one that thrives on rumors,” the VP noted, and stressed that “journalists and media personnel have a tremendous responsibility to ensure that information is managed and disseminated properly.”