Twelve members of the Association of Judicial Reporters (AJUR), an auxiliary of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) assigned at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, are expected to benefit from a two-day training workshop to equip them with the skills to report on classified security operations.
The training, which begins on Friday, December 16, is organized by the National Law Enforcement Association (LINEA), and will be held at the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Education on Camp Johnson Road in Monrovia.
LINEA’s president, Cecil B. Griffiths, said his entity’s intent is to resolve some of the difficulties encountered by journalists in accessing what he considered as “classified security documents.” He said the workshop is designed to help explain the unique process of obtaining information from court documents as well.
Participating journalists were drawn from those assigned to cover security and justice.
Facilitators will come from the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), and Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA).
Topics to be discussed are, “The Best Way to Accessing Information from Security Institutions,” “Basic Terminologies related to justice administration and information considered as classified.” The training comes ahead of the 2017 presidential and representative elections, which many legal experts consider as a “test of the peace and stability in the country.”