Over 25 younth from five institutions, including the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), St. Michael High School in New Georgia, Muslim Congress, Bethesda High school and the William V.S Tubman, participated in a two-day journalism training last weekend.
The training was organized by the Youth Media Action (YMA).
Speaking at the closing program, the president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Charles Cuffey, said the government and society must provide an environment that would continue to enable Liberians, especially journalists, the opportunity to express and broadcast their opinions without any hindrance.
He said Liberians must guarantee freedom of expression with responsibility so that no citizen or journalist should be a victim for expressing his/her opinion during or after the elections.
In this critical period in Liberia it is important for the Liberian government to provide security for media practitioners who are at risk for executing their duties, Cuffey said.
The PUL president challenged the participants of the two-day event to be focused and persevere if they are to make a difference in the country.
He further said that in spite of the difficulties faced by the Liberian media, the youth must remain steadfast if they are to enter the profession. He thanked the organizers of the training for helping to enhance the development of the sector.
Responding, a spokesman for the participants, said the two-day training has given them a better understanding of the sector, including how they can contribute their quota to the development of the country, and lauded the efforts of the Youth Media Action, describing the training as a timely venture in the pursuance of their future careers.
The Youth Media Action (YMA) is an initiative based in Monrovia that works with a cross-section of young people in high schools to empower and provide them with the platform to tell their stories as well as find solutions to personal and national problems.
Based on the capacity gap and brain drain of young people who seek journalism as a career, the YMA stands to create the platform to empower them before college.
YMA said it will work with high schools through their press clubs to train and empower them so that their stories can appear in the media.
The YMA said it will also address the complex issues affecting young people by providing the enabling environment where they can share their stories for positive change.