By Robert Dixon
MONROVIA, LINA—The President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Mr. Kamara A. Kamara, has advised journalists to uphold the ethics of the profession and remain impartial in the discharge of their duty.
He noted that the public may lose confidence in a particular institution or media practitioner who fails to uphold the ethics of the profession, noting that this will not be good for any practicing journalist.
The PUL President made the statement Friday at the St. Theresa’s Convent Catholic Archdiocese Pastoral Center in Monrovia at a one-day “Teach in: Freedom of Expression With Rights Come Responsibility,” organized by the Liberia Law Society in collaboration with the UNMIL Human Rights and Protection Section.
Speaking on “Freedom of Expression,” Kamara stressed the need for journalists to stick to their ethics and avoid inflaming issues, reminding his colleagues to maintain their neutrality and impartiality at all times.
In his presentation, an executive of the Liberia Law Society, Ezekiel Pajibo, noted that without freedom of speech or expression, political action may not be possible and resistance to injustice would never happen, while oppression would be the order of the day.
He said Freedom of Expression is a Constitutional guarantee and is embedded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Mr. Pajibo then called on the government to guarantee, uphold and protect the fundamental rights of all Liberians and residents within the Republic.
He admonished Liberians and residents in Liberia to exercise this right in the “knowledge that they do not impugn the reputation of others, whether officials of government, citizens or residents.”
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