The Chairperson of the National Media Council, Elizabeth E. Hoff

MONROVIA, LIBERIA (Jonathan Grigsby Reports) – The National Media Council says it will not condone acts of disrespect of its authority by journalists, refusing to appear at its hearings to settle disputes.

A release issued Friday, January 31, 2020 quotes the Council as warning media practitioners or institutions engaged such practice to desist or face consequence of non-compliance.

It, however, vowed to hear matters in absentia and recommendations made as mandated by its Framework.

Part IV (a) of the Council’s Operational Framework empowers the body to mediate matters arising from the violation of the Press Union of Liberia Code of Ethics for Liberian Journalists.

The mandate also requires that the Council levies fine, demands retractions, requires apologies, as well as names and shames violators of the Code of Ethics for Liberian Journalists.

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Jos Garneo Cephas Sr. is a practicing and experienced Journalist specialized in Civil Society, Land Rights, development and Human Rights reporting and is an Online Writer/Content Manager, at the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS/ELBC) since 2011. He holds a BSc in Development Studies, from St. Clements University, Liberia, AA-Degree in Journalism, Public Relations and Entrepreneurship from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) and Manifold Tutorial College. Served as Liberia’s Desk Editor, Columnist, a Volunteer Fellow of Journalist for Humana Rights (JHR) at Ghana’s Daily Guide Newspaper, and also published the Vision Newspaper covering 42,000 refugees during the Liberian refugee crisis in Ghana and reported for the Voice of America (VOA).


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