The City Mayor of Monrovia Jefferson Koijee has sounded a clear warning to members of the fourth estate saying the ruling establishment will not be intimidated by reports from the media.
“We stand tall to work for our people and careless about the media criticism of this Government” , noted Koijee.
Koijee speaking further in a bit serious tune added that they have struggled for twelve years to reach thus far as such no matter of distraction nor criticism from the media will sway away the pro poor government from achieving its key objectives.
His statement came just few days after Deputy Information Minister Eugene Fargon branded some Liberian Journalists as been in his words unethical, unprofessional and by extension practicing yellow journalism.
The party in the past hailed the media for flagging some ills in society mainly during the regime of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when it was in the opposition.
However it seems like the CDC thus far turned her back and appears to be fighting against criticism
from the end of the media.
“The recent war of words between the media and the new government may not be timely especially with the ambitious pro poor agenda”, says a Liberian Lawyer who beg not to be named.
He wants the government to see the media as a big and key instrument that can help drive their developmental agenda forward and not to see key Government officials fighting the press, this he noted when continued could led to muscling of the press and additionally cause a barrier with press freedom and freedom of expression, he added.
Koijee who has been a good friend of the media and over the past years commended some journalists for reporting on issues of national concern but has now in few days giving the fourth estate a major caviet which many think is not a good start for the youngest Major of Monrovia including other officials of government.
It can be recalled that former President Sirleaf in one of her functions when she initially took over office branded the media as been checked book.
A statement that went virus and later saw the UP led government then in bitter mixed views from the people mainly the former opposition who is now the ruling party, the CDC.
The two statements may or may not be calculated by if not handled soon may have a greater impact on the workings of the new government because the ruling establishment cannot do without the media.
Mr. Koijee speaking at the turning over ceremony of the new Deputy Director for Administration of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation at the same time challenged his colleagues to work hard to ensure the progress of the poor agenda is realized.
He said the time is now for the young people to show their qualities to service because there will be no chance for giving excuses.
“If the Liberian people should give the CDC a second six years then officials of government should now impress the Liberian people now.
The program was witnessed by contractors and employees of the corporation as well as other partners and donor institutions to the LWSC including officials of Government and top members of the ruling party.