The Ministry of Information is mistaken in its assertion that PUL’s blackout violates Article 15c of the Constitution …..(Re “GOL: PUL Blackout Violates Right to Know (Article 15c)”, Daily Observer Online)
Article 15c states that: “… there shall be NO LIMITATION on the public right to be informed about the government and its functionaries.”
But how does PUL’s blackout infringes (violates) upon the “public right to be informed about the government and its functionaries”??
I’m talking to that 2-by-4 Louis Arthur Grimes Law graduate and Deputy Minister for Press & Public Affairs (Atty Isaac Jackson, Jr), who skipped his Constitutional Law Class to chase prostitutes in West Point!!
Please enlighten me, Mr. Deputy Minister!
1) How does PUL’s blackout infringes upon the public’s right to be informed about the looting of our national coffers by LTA Commissioners, LWSC Board members, and Grace Kpaan??
(2) How does PUL’s blackout infringes upon the public right to be informed about the Commissioner of Maritime Affairs (Binyah Kesselly) compensation package and the money stolen by Representative Edward Forh of District 16 from the County Development Fund?? By the way, Forh has a Phd in stealing and extortion!
(3) How does PUL’s blackout infringe upon the public right to be informed about contracts with foreign oil companies (Block #13) and contracts between Kofi Woods and Chinese companies using cheap ass asphalt to pave our roads?
Only the Executive Branch has FULL CONTROL over all these information regarding OUR “government and its functionaries”, so how the hell can you say that the PUL blackout “denies” you from getting them??
Look, the “public RIGHT to be informed about the government and its functionaries” means every Liberian citizen has the RIGHT to know what their government is doing behind their backs and behind close doors in smoke filled rooms!!
In other words, Liberian citizens have the right to attend public meetings (deliberations of elected officials, LTA and LWSC Board of Directors meetings, etc) and have access to public records (compensation packages of LTA, LMA, and LWSC board of directors!), WITHOUT limitations!
Your RIGHT to know about your government and its functionaries is limitless! It also IMPOSES no obligation (duty) on third parties like the PUL to provide YOU with information about YOUR government!
Therefore, PUL’s blackout doesn’t violate anyone’s right to be informed about their government and its functionaries!!!!
The real blackout that infringes (violates) upon the people’s right to know is the self-imposed informational blackout (lack of transparency) by entities (LTA, LWSC, LMA, etc) in our Executive Branch!