IFJ Supports Liberia Journalists' Campaign to Reform Media Laws

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today said it is supporting the Press Union of Liberia’s (PUL) campaign to reform the country’s media laws. The union and other groups yesterday submitted three media bills to the National Legislature of Liberia.

“These media law reforms are overdue and we urge the Legislature to pass these bills without delay,” said Gabriel Baglo, Director of IFJ Africa office. “We support the campaign launched by our colleagues at the PUL and the country’s journalists and media groups.”

The Liberia Media Law and Policy Reform Working Group, under the auspices of the Press Union of Liberia submitted on April 17 three sets of bills to the National Legislature for enactment.

The bills are a Freedom of Information Act, an Act to establish the Independent Broadcasting Regulator and an Act establishing the Liberia Public Broadcasting Service to replace the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).

The PUL said it is counting on the combined efforts of the public and government to pass the bills to ensure greater openness and accountability in Liberian society.

Yesterday journalists and civil society groups marched from the PUL’s headquarters to the Capitol Building where the draft laws were given to representatives of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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