Pres. Weah Reaffirms Support to Free Speech, Media Freedom

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President Weah making speaking at the Thanksgiving service for the celebration of his administration's first year in office

Celebrates one year in office

President George Weah has promised his government’s continued commitment to the sustenance of peace, free speech and media freedom, an Executive Mansion release has said.

According to the release, the President indicated that the enjoyment of press freedom and free speech by Liberians, and those within the country’s borders is critical to lasting peace and development.

Weah made the remarks on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, when he and a host of government officials, international partners and supporters converged at the Dominion Christian Fellowship in Monrovia at a Thanksgiving program to celebrate his administration first year in office held under the theme, “We Thank God.”

President Weah was inaugurated January 22, 2018, after winning the 2017 polls on the ticket of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

“Despite inheriting a broken and tumultuous economy, coupled with high public expectation for national transformation, Weah and his administration braved the odds, and successfully made substantive gains during the first year,” the release said.

The administration took a couple of measure that transformed and stabilized the money market, provided critical social services particularly for underprivileged communities and peoples, and attracted favorable international cooperation and support.

When he took to the podium, Weah expressed profound thanks and appreciation to the Almighty God for giving him wisdom and courage to lead a nation under precarious conditions.

He expressed his government’s commitment to promoting peace, human rights and national development throughout the country.

The President indicated that being grateful to God and paying special homage to him pulled down windows of opportunities.

He said the celebration was meant to reflect on the gains and challenges of his government’s first year in office, and to make critical assessment on ways to lift Liberians out of poverty.

President Weah asked Liberians to be grateful to God for peace and tranquility, and to allow nothing from suppressing their dreams in life. He noted that his government would not have made the gains and landmark achievements of the first year without acknowledging God and asking for His inspiration and counsel.

“My speech today will be very short, because when God works in your life, you need to be short in words of appreciation,” the President said. “Therefore, I want to say thanks to God.”

The guest preacher, Bishop George D. Harris, of the Philadelphia Church, said it was important for all Liberians to thank God for bringing the country to this level through his grace.

Bishop Harris said that Liberia was now taking the right step by giving the country to Christ.

“It is incumbent upon all Liberians to turn to Jesus and know that this country belongs to Him,” he said.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Although he is the president, Weah continues to drive carefully in his lane at the required speed limit. Weah is not barking at his opponents. He continues to show that he’s cool but not a fool.

    Most presidents in Africa would have used their bully pulpit power to intimidate and incriminate their opponents by now in an ongoing scrimmage such as the Kolubah-party-Chambers-police investigation mess that’s being witnessed.

    Speaker Chambers and Rep. Kolubah are elected officials. These two men have an obligation to lead by example. It’s time for their petty differences to be put aside ot trashed. Kolubah, get to work. Chambers, get to work.

    President Weah’s pro-poor policy agenda is a game changer. It is meant to fix the economy and improve the quality of lives of the Liberian people. So gentlemen, cone on. Get on the bandwagon (for the good of our country) and get to work.
    Blessings!

  2. GMW affirmed commitment to freedom of speech and media freedom since last year when he sent a Bill to the Legislature proposing decriminalizing ancient anti-expression laws. Indeed, EJS was enthusiastic until then PUL President Peter Quaqua rejected a best practice of ensuring “self-regulating” measures. A rejection which conveys impression that media practioners want to hold others accountable, but shouldn’t be held to account for truthfulness, thoroughness, and fairness of their reporting.

    We are yet to see one of our newspapers retracting a misleading story when new evidence emerge to disprove earlier assumptions and conclusions. Apparently, few media practitioners accept as an article of faith that every institution in Liberia is either corrupt or inefficient except the Press. In other words, never mind that PUL operates under a 1964 ethical guidelines in a 21st century age of Arttificial Intelligence (AI) and backdrop of Hate Media as a war crime, members of that organization don’t believe our media environment ought to be reformed.

    Not to mention that any attempt to point out inaccurate and biased reporting earns the critical reader attacks of hostility to the press. Well, if transformational change in Liberia should have a chance, all essential institutions, including the Fourth Estate, must undergo some forms of reformation. Liberia needs an effective media space to hold the powerful accountable, not one whose practitioners abuse their positions. It is that simple, and burying our heads in the sand on that helps no one or the nation.

  3. Totally false. Weah’s convey almost killed some market folks at the entrance of ELWA HOSPITAL. I spent the holidays in Monrovia and while there, I saw unspeakable lawlessness from officials who think that their destinations are better than human lives. Go there and see how this president’s escort vehicles drive. It’s like the world is coming to end. Oh my God!

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