The government of Liberia has accused the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) of politicizing a statement regarding the annual registration of all Journalists in the country.
Recently the Liberian government announced that it would shortly commence the annual registration of Journalists in line with 31.8b and section 31.8d of the New Executive Law of Liberia.
Section 31.8d of the law gives the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) the legal right, among other things, to register journalists in the country annually, according to Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs Isaac Jackson.
But the PUL has described the registration by MICAT as a tactic designed by the government to undermine free press in the country.
Addressing Journalists at the Information Ministry Monday, Minister Jackson reiterated that nothing will stop the government from instituting the required measures, despite criticism from the media.
He accused the PUL of doing nothing against Journalists who ethically transgressed; noting that government cannot depend on the union to account for all Journalists in the country.
Meanwhile, the government has introduced a new measure purportedly aimed at giving easy access to Journalists seeking information from Ebola Treatment Units in the country.
Also addressing Journalists at the Information Ministry Monday, the head of Liberia’s Incident Management Team, Tolbert Nyensuah, said the new measure is intended to protect the privacy of patients in ETUs.
Prior to the new measure, journalists were allowed to video tape and conduct interviews with patients in ETUs.
In a separate development, Minister Nyenswah disclosed that an additional laboratory has been installed to speed up the testing of specimens from suspected Ebola patients.
From June this year to the present, about four thousands three hundred (4,300) specimens have been tested and 55 percent have been proven to be Ebola positive.