Kwame Clement, a onetime well-admired Liberian Journalist, has turned to Law and is promising to defend Journalists in the practice of his Law career.
Making the promise in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer following a brief program marking the opening of his Law Firm, Mr. Clement said the Libel Law in the country was bad that it needs improvement.
He said unlike his days in Liberia as a Journalist working with ELBC/ELTV when there were a few media institutions including ELWA and the Daily Observer, more institutions have emerged today and the medial environment has become viable.
Nevertheless, Mr. Clement stressed, there is a need for improvement in the reporting and Journalists have to do more analysis rather than just reporting directly what they hear from newsmakers.
While concentrating on Law for now, Mr. Clement said he would be diving into Journalism by writing some analysis for television stations that would need his service.
According to him, he earned his Law degree in the United States and practiced there over the past years, and his intent for studying Law is also to make a positive impact on his country, Liberia.
The Judicial system in Liberia has a number of challenges ranging from bribery to delay in adjudicating cases.
Mr. Clement in his comment on the issue said as he begins practice in Liberia he will respect the Supreme Court’s decision; he will also recommend some ideas to help change what needs to be changed.
He also noted, “By my practice of law I can bring some transformation to the legal system to address some of the challenges facing the judicial system.”
“My practice of law will be above-board. I will make sure to have a clean record in practicing law and at the end of the day outcomes of cases will reflect my legal argument in court and not the depth of the pocket,” he added.
The brief program that marked the opening of The Clement Law Firm was attended by scores of Cement’s school mates and political associates of the Alternative National Congress (ANC).
In separate views, friends of Mr. Kwame Clement lauded him for the venture and his achievement in law.
One of Liberia’s Economists, Sam Jackson told Mr. Clement, “We are in the struggle as the problem continues to intensify. We look forward to seeing you using your legal profession to make an impact for the sake of the struggle.”
Former Press Union of Liberia President Peter Quaqua in a short, concise statement said, “Thanks very much and we hope you defend Journalists.”
Kwame Clement was a popular journalist in the 80s and was particularly focused on casting news on ELTV Action News.
Besides the tone that attract people to listen to him, Mr. Cement’s straight posture without looking at news script while broadcasting on television, drew comments that he was one the most professional TV Journalists in those days.
Law has become a lucrative business in Liberia nowadays. Because of the quick earning Law brings to lawyers, many Liberian students upon receiving their first degree from a university go to the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, at the University of Liberia.
Against this backdrop, Mr. Clement noted that besides the responsibility he has to serve his country as promised. he also intends to practice Law as a way of earning his living.