Civil Society Group Honors Gongloe, Others

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The honorees posed with CENPID's leadership shortly after the gowning ceremony.

The leadership of a Carey Street-based local civil society organization (CSO), the Promotion of Intellectual Development (CENPID) in Monrovia, recently honored Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, president-elect of Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), and four other Liberians.

The honorees, according to CENPID, were given the special recognition because of their respective stance in favor of “free speech and justice for indigent Liberians over the years.”

Charles Cuffy, president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and a prominent member of the organization, presented the certificate to the honorees. Cuffy said honor is due to individuals who have diligently worked and deserved to be honored.

“Honoring these individuals were not a mistake, especially Cllr. Gongloe”, who, according to Cuffy, has over the years advocated not only for basic human rights but has backed his advocacy with contributions to society.

He admitted that Cllr. Gongloe’s advocacy goes beyond borders irrespective of religion which, according to him, also includes one’s right to liberty, to freedom of speech, to education and religious practices.

Cuffy said it was based on Cllr. Gongloe’s passion for free speech that allowed him to provide free legal services for media practitioners to properly inform the Liberian people on a daily basis.

He also commended the CENPID leadership for its “farsightedness in honoring such a great man who has contributed meaningfully to the Liberian justice system.”

Gongloe commended CENPID for the honor and promised to continuously advocate for free speech and justice in order to better the lives of Liberians.

He added that the honor has proven that things that they have done for the society has never gone unnoticed.

The human rights lawyer told the gathering that he has for 31 years practiced law and provided “free legal services” to indigent Liberians.

Gongloe meanwhile promised to defend the media in all that they do in order to enable journalists to exercise their rights and properly inform the public, adding, “Democracy is one tenet of freedom of speech and allows a society to prosper.”

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