Vice President Joseph N. Boakai
VP Boakai Supports Free Press, Expression
Monrovia, February 22 (LINA) -Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has emphasized that he supports freedom of the press and expression in keeping with Article 15 of the Liberian Constitution and the traditional roles of the media in exposing the ills and injustice in society.
He said the good that comes out of the press is more than the bad, warning that if the constitutional and traditional roles of the press are compromised too many people will suffer and that the only way to expect good reports is to do the right thing.
Vice President Boakai was speaking Tuesday on Capitol Hill when he received a four-man delegation of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) headed by its President Charles Coffey.
According to the Vice President, there are many good journalists in Liberia, and called on all those in the practice to continue to uphold the tenets of the noble profession referred to as the Fourth Estate.
Speaking earlier, PUL President Cuffey said they had come to the Office of the Vice President to formally introduce the new team of PUL officials and pointed out that the press is not an enemy to the State.
Mr. Cuffey noted that they have put the proper mechanism into place to hold people accountable and, on the other hand, execute a code of conduct for journalists in the country.
He said they have gone further to also address matters of ethical transgression, pointing out that this was critical to the issue of public confidence, a release from the Office of the Vice President said.
The PUL President told Vice President Boakai that the PUL will conduct series of debates leading to the upcoming Legislative and Presidential elections in October this year, adding that this will help to create a level playing field for all of the candidates in the race to the Executive Mansion and Capitol Building.
Cuffey said this will also allow the Liberian people to know the candidates and to cast their votes from an informed position.
The delegation also included the Vice President of the PUL, Mr. Octavin Williams, Secretary General Daniel Yankonah and Mr. Rodoxon Fayia, who is on the sub-committee of the PUL building project.