Authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) in collaboration with the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) have ended the last in a series of two-day validation workshops for the Code of Conduct (CoC) for journalists covering the October presidential and representative elections.
The training, which brought together over 30 journalists, was held in Gbarnga, Bong County, and was the first of a series of the two validation workshops conducted recently for journalists. The Gbarnga workshop was organized by the Communications Section of the NEC in collaboration with the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), and sponsored by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID.)
Participants were challenged to encourage stakeholders to create the necessary level playing field to ensure equal access to all the candidates throughout the 15 counties. The Journalists Code of Conduct introduced at the workshop calls on media practitioners to consistently double check their facts and properly balance their stories for accurate reporting void of biases. The code further calls on broadcast and print journalists to desist from hate speeches, inflammatory partisan propaganda that have the propensity to incite violence during the elections.
The code also covers talk show hosts and journalists working through social media.