21 October 2008

Liberia: Inquirer Boss Wants Forum On Corruption

The Managing Editor for The INQUIRER Newspaper, Philip N.Wesseh has proposed for the holding of a forum to discuss the wave of corruption in the society, especially in the public sector.

Mr. Wesseh said this forum was necessary to be able to determine what was really responsible for this cancer in the society, "every day there are reports of corruption; every day there are reports of dismissal or suspension, but still this disease continues. Therefore, there is a need for a forum to discuss a way out."

Speaking yesterday when he launched the website of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) in Monrovia, Mr. Wesseh said the issue of corruption should be done holistically.

He said corruption practices were unhealthy because they deprive the nation of needed income and also lead to unnecessary hardship by the people.

The Inquirer boss commended the center for the initiative and called on media institutions to write about corrupt practices in the society and also expose corrupt officials in the country. He also thanked media institutions for exposing corruption in the society.

Mr. Wesseh said the fact that the center would be placing the stories without editing or adding or subtracting imposes challenges to media institutions to make sure of their facts about corruption stories to avoid credibility problem.

He then called on the executives to take the lead to organize the forum he suggested and pledged his fullest support to this endeavor. By his discussing, they might discover whether it is the lack of incentives or due to our system of prosecution.

While challenging CENTAL of the need to combat corruption, he urged the center to ensure that they remain focused and determined in their efforts to expose corruption acts in the society.

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