Deputy House Speaker, Johnathan Fonati Koffa, is challenging Liberian Journalists to remain professional and focus on their Journalistic ethics whenever performing their duties if Liberia is to move forward.
He said unethical reporting has the propensity to drive away investors, divide people and stop development and unity in the country.
Serving as guest speaker during the observance of World Press Freedom day Monday Mat 1, 2021, in Grand Kru County , the Liberian government official appealed to journalists to used their skills to champion development .
“I am not saying you should not report the bad things, but at least if we are reporting them, it’s important to take into consideration your ethics and professionalism by extension. With that you will have a good and efficient reporting system. With this I am challenging all of you to adequately live up to the professional standards.”
Hon. Koffa also call on the Liberia Government to settle unpaid arrears to media institutions, something he said will help build the financial capacity of the Media sector in Liberia.
For his part, Press Union of Liberia President Charles B. Coffey, used the occasion to call on Journalists to be balance, efficient, effective, and professional in their Journalistic duties.
The PUL boss said he believes many Journalists will get promoted, reach international standards or meet international Journalistic Standard if they perform fairly.
“Some of you here sitting have over the past won awards from international Journalistic instructions and I think others who haven’t gone that far can learn from you and also by remaining professional they can make it.”
He however mentioned that the Press Union has made numerous efforts in helping Journalists get training opportunities to enable them progress in the sojourn.
Mr. Coffey also indicated that there is still more needed to be done. “We have made several progress in the Media landscape of this Country, and we think there is still a lot needed to be done in pushing some of you media personals here.”
The world Press Freedom Day was held under the Theme “Information as a Public Good -30 years of the Windhoek Declaration”.