5 May 2010

Liberia: Massalay Accuses Truth FM Journalist

Grand Cape Mount Senior Senator Abel Massalay, Tuesday accused Truth FM Journalist assigned to the National Legislature, Solomon Ware of being a "partisan press." He also said that journalist Ware reports for a "partisan press institution, The Truth FM."

Senator Massalay also described some Legislative Reporters of being partisan press, who supports the delay in the passage of the stranded Population Threshold Bill, currently before the National Legislature.

Sen. Massalay furthered that he stands ready to defend his accusation when he is taken to court by journalist Ware. He added that Partisan of the Ruling Unity Party, including "Partisan Pressman" Solomon Ware do not want the bill passed

But Journalist Ware has taken serious exception to the Senator's claims, terming it as an expression of a personal grudge of the Senator against him. Mr. Ware said he is not a "partisan journalist" as claimed by Senator Massalay, but is a journalist who is committed to his reportorial duties.

Mr. Ware furthered that if the Senator has any problem with his employer, Musa Bility, he needs to confront him and not him as a reporter. He said he feels unsecure about the latest action from someone he refers to as his 'uncle.'

The Truth FM reporter said he has over the years carried on his reportorial duties in a very fair and transparent manner, which can be attested to by the public. He said he is currently living in fear and disheartened by the accusation

This is not the first time Ware and his institution, the Truth FM has been accused by Senator Massalay and other high profile government officials of wrong doing.

It can be recalled that few months ago journalist Ware, was accused by Deputy Labor Minister, Cole Bangalo of bad journalism, for reporting on instruction given by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to her Cabinet Ministers to employ at least one member of the Unity Party.

The station was also accursed by outgoing Minister of Education, Dr. Joseph Korto, of using "paid journalists," after the station reported a story on the poor education condition in parts of Nimba County.

The latest accusation comes a day following the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, celebrated under the Theme: "Freedom of Information, the Right to Know." Whatever is the problem between journalist Ware and Senator Masselay must not be taken lightly, as it has the propensity to tarnish the repetition of both parties. Author's contact, 2316270297; email: perryroland@rocketmail.com.

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