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Deputy House Speaker Hans Barchue



Deputy Speaker Wants Media Help Protect Peace, Security
By Wilfred Gortor, LINA

BUCHANAN, July 18 (LINA) - Deputy House Speaker Hans Barchue has called on media practitioners in the country to help serve as protectors of the nation's peace and security in the wake of the drawdown of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

Barchue admonished media practitioners to desist from negative reportage and the propagation of hate messages which, according to him, have the propensity to incite the public against government and its officials.

The Deputy Speaker made the call in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County over the weekend in his keynote address at the start of a two-day retreat organized by the Legislative Press Pool (LEGISPOL).

LEGISPOL is a body of journalists providing media coverage at the Liberian Legislature.

As one of the biggest auxiliaries of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), LEGISPOL was established in 1980 and currently has a membership of over 50 journalists covering both houses of the Legislature.

Barchue observed that Liberia is now at a crossroads and that the political and economic growth of the state will be hampered if the nation's security is not protected, adding, "Nothing good will come out of this country if our security is jeopardized."

The Deputy House Speaker believes that media practitioners who are found in the business of spreading hate and inciting messages must be checkmated and shunned by their colleagues and that punitive actions aimed at preventing such unethical conducts be taken by the PUL against said media practitioners or news outlets.

Barchue also wants Liberian journalists to learn from the brutal genocide which led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Rwandans, spurred by radio broadcasts that incited one tribal group to take up arms against another.

"The press is charged with the responsibility to maintain the security of the state in its reportage and in the absence of UNMIL, the journalists must serve as the eyes that see things from an objective point of view," Barchue stressed.


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