Can SLAJ learn anything from LPU?

28 February 2007 at 22:51 | 1840 views

By Jia Kangbai, Cuttington University,Suakoko, Liberia.

Late last week, the Liberia Press Union banned one of that country’s leading
newspapers (The Independent) in that country for professional misconduct.

The newspaper was banned from publishing for three months.
The LPU also levied a fine on Radio Veritas to the tune of $2500LD also for
professional misconduct.

I wonder whether SLAJ will copy this example in future. Liberia as we all
know is far worst than SL today as it is a country that had been embroiled
in fifteen years of civil unrest. SLAJ shouls think about this instead of
always backing professional rogues. SL is expected to be far more civilised
than Liberia

Both media outlets in Monrovia were pubishing and detailing pornographic
materials to their listeners and readership. The Independent newspaper and
its editor were both suspended from the Press Union of Liberia and suspended
from publising for three mnoths, whilst Radio Veritas station was fined
L$2,500 by the Union for broadcasting graphic description of a photograph of
Willis Knuckles-the Acting Chief of Staff of the president of Liberia.

I think there is a moral lesson here for SLAJ to pick from LPU-ie although
the story which brought the problem for the two media houses was accurate
yet the LPU consider the local media to have the moral and ethical
obligations to present to the public information and images that worth
public consumption and build thier society.

About the author: Jia Kangbai is a Sierra Leonean and a Senior Fellow & Lecturer in the department of Natural & Health Sciences at Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County, Liberia.He is also a journalist.