10 January 2013

Liberia: 'Remain Vigilant As Watchdogs'

Former Liberia's Ambassador to the United States of America, Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu has urged Liberian Journalists to remain vigilant in upholding the journalism profession as a way of preserving Liberia's democracy.

Dr. Guannu said the media has a major role in ensuring that a level playing field is provided for the practice of democracy.

Dr. Guannu, a renowned Liberian author recalled that the media has played a significant role in improving Liberia's democracy after years of civil war by highlighting the contributions of those that played a pivotal role in the peacekeeping process.

He urged media practitioners to remain vigilant and unwavering in their efforts to enhance democracy.

Dr. Guannu spoke last Thursday in Monrovia at the official launching of a book entitled: "Liberia's Emerging Democracy".

The book was written by the Political Counselor at the Liberian Embassy in Paris France, Josephus Moses Gray.

The book detailed the role of women and the media in the dispensation of democracy in Liberia.

Dr. Guannu further challenged the media to go beyond their investigation in highlighting the efforts of prominent Liberian women in negotiating for the maintenance of peace and democracy in order to motivate other women.

In remarks, Mr. Josephus Gray said the book discusses how Liberian women played a crucial role in getting warlords on the negotiating table eventually for the attainment of peace and stability.

Mr. Gray noted that the book also highlights Liberian women as actors and not merely victims of conflict.

The Liberian journalist now a diplomat thanked the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) for affording him the opportunity to write and called on other media practitioners to follow suit.

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