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Friday, June 29, 2012

MICAT Warns Media against Ethical Transgression

The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) have cautioned media outlets in the republic to desist from what it called yellow journalism which malign the reputation of government officials and others residing in the country. According to officials of MICAT several newspaper have over a period of time been engage in carving out headlines which are maligning and a gross breach of the ethics of journalism. In an interview with journalists after the MICAT press briefing in which the concern was raised, Atty. Isaac Jackson, Deputy Minister for Public Affairs at MICAT, said media are ignoring their social responsibility by publishing articles that could tint Liberia recovered image. He made a reference to a National Chronicle Newspaper’s banner headline which termed the suspended Acting Monrovia municipal head, Madam Mary T. Broh, as “RUDE” and the headline the Corruption Watch Newspaper which stated that the Indian consulate was supporting gay activities in Liberia. Minister Jackson said that the Corruption Watch’s article was reported to the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) which promised to investigate the issue but the PUL is yet to inform the ministry about how far the investigation have gone. He called on media outlets engage publishing such maligning articles to desist from doing so because such would not earn for them the kind of readership that they sole desire. Minister Jackson: “What are those media houses trying to accomplish? Look at the National Chronicle’s June 25, 2012 headline. Is it the paper that is render judgments on Madam Broh? We need to rise above yellow journalism in Liberia.” The Deputy Minister for Public Affairs further called on the PUL to step up the work of the ethics and grievance committee to ensure that the media outlets does not go contrary to the norms of good journalism. Though the MICAT had a straight face on the issue which is likely to cause bad-blood between the government of Liberia and the media, Minister Jackson highlighted the fact that many other journalists are doing their best to uphold the ethics of the profession.

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