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Media ‘Nature Of Political Discourse’ Disappoints GC
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Media ‘Nature Of Political Discourse’ Disappoints GC

By Joseph Toe

MONROVIA, April 30 (LINA) - The Governance Commission (GC) has expressed disappointment in the Liberian media about the nature of political discourse in the public realm, a GC report has indicated.

The Commission observed in its 2016 annual report released recently on Liberia’s 2017 electoral system that rather than generating knowledge and disseminating information, the media is inundated by rumors and innuendos, insults and shouting matches on the airwaves and newspaper pages, kindling anger and rage within the electorate.

“While politics reigns, the nature of political discourse in the public realm is disappointing,” the Commission stated.

It added that although the media is unimpeded, the depth of analysis and quality of reporting are “improving far too slowly.”

"There are 35 registered newspapers with circulation mostly limited to Monrovia," the Commission pointed out, adding that a few of them can be relied upon for accuracy of information and occasional analyses.

According to the Commission, 14 of those newspapers are dailies, nine tri-weekly, one bi-weekly, one weekly and 10 of them published at will, but noted “not many of them have a circulation extending outside Monrovia.

The Commission indicated that there are 20 radio stations and six television stations diversely owned and operated by the state, faith-based institutions, private individuals and academic institutions.

It stated that the proliferation of FM radios has enlivened political discourse but has not elevated it.

The Commission said: “Now as in the past, a responsible, capable media can do a lot to improve the electoral environment and make the case for a more enlightened electorate.”

LINA JGT/TSS/PTK

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