Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor has said that the Judiciary sees the media as an important partner. The Chief Justice further stated that by being honest in their reportage, journalists could make corrections that close loopholes, existing in the court system.
Speaking recently with members of the Press Union Liberia (PUL) at his Temple of Justice office on the Capitol Hill, Chief Justice Korkpor said the media has power and that there is a need to use that power to unite Liberians through the dissemination of information.
He explained stated the press should carry out its responsibility without fear and in favor of maintaining the truth as their guide.
The Chief Justice recounted that he worked in Liberia as a human rights advocate and lawyer for many years. During that time he defended a number of media institutions including— but not limited to— The Inquirer Newspaper, Radio VERITAS and Star Radio, without requesting legal fees.
The Liberia’s Chief Justice further explained that the Supreme Court also believes in the freedom of the press in the country and promised that he will do all that can be done to keep it the best way for the people of Liberia.
According to Chief Justice Korkpor, the maxim that “All people are equal before the law,” should serve as inspiration to journalists and the Judiciary alike. This would help create a society where everyone would be properly respected at all times.
Also speaking, the president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Mr. Abdullah Kamara, expressed gratitude to the Chief Justice for accepting to meet with the leadership of the PUL, as the union intends to remain constructively engaged with other stakeholders in Liberia’s development.
Kamara told the Chief Justice that PUL appreciates the important role the Judiciary plays in ensuring the media in Liberia gets the wider support of the Supreme Court.
The PUL president was accompanied at the Temple of Justice by other union officials, including vice-president Jallah Grayfield, secretary-general, Kaiheneh Sangbeh; as sistant secretary general, Daniel Nyankonah and two officials of the Judiciary Reporters Association of Liberia.