Pres. Weah Signs Press Freedom, Road Naming Acts into Law

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Pres. George M. Weah

President George Weah has signed into law two major legal instruments, which include the Kamara Abdullah Kamara (KAK) Act of Press Freedom and the Act to name Certain Roads and Bridges in the country, a release from the Executive Mansion has said.

According to the release, in the early days of his first year, President Weah resubmitted to the 54th Legislature, with few changes, the two legislations that were earlier submitted to the 53rd Legislature by the administration of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to the 54th Legislature.

Some of the changes included titling the Press Freedom Act in favor of former Press Union of Liberia (PUL) president and veteran journalist Kamara Abdullah Kamara (KAK). It amends Chapter 11 of the Penal Law of 1978, repealing Sections 11.11 on criminal libel against the president; 11.12 on sedition and 11.14 on criminal malevolence.

Free speech and media freedom advocates have hailed the President for demonstrating commitment to protecting the basic tenets of Liberia’s fledgling democracy.

The KAK Act of Press Freedom also strengthens and actualizes Liberia’s commitment to several legal instruments signed onto, such as Freedom of Information (FoI) Act and the Table Mountain Declaration.

President Weah, the release said, has also signed into law the Act to name Certain Roads and Bridges in the country. The road stretching from Red Light in Monrovia, Montserrado County, to Ganta, Nimba County, shall be known “Madam Suakoko Highway.”

The [TA2] reconstructed highway from the Freeport of Monrovia to Red Light in Paynesville shall also be referred to as “Japan Freeway.” The road from Cotton Tree, Margibi County, to the Port of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, shall be known as ‘Diahn-Blae Gbehzhon’ Highway.

Under the same Act, the bridge over the Stockton Creek connecting Bushrod Island to Caldwell is now known as the Jacob Samuel Milton Bridge; the bridge that connects Waterside to Bushrod Island is also the King Zulu Doma Bridge, while the St. John River Bridge within Grand Bassa County connecting the city of Buchanan is known as Abba G. Karnga Bridge.

2 COMMENTS

  1. The St. John River Bridge already has a name. It is the Zeogar Saywrayne Bridge. Why didn’t the leadership in Grand Bassa tell that clueless legislature to remind our clueless president that the bridge was named when it was dedicated by President Tubman.

  2. Congratulations Mr. President for taking the bold step of proposing and approving the KAK Act amidst chaos in our media space even UN, AU, and ECOWAS offices were constrained to alarm about. Nobody should downplay their concerns, after all, should in case those inciting instability succeed, the international community won’t be spectators. Not to mention that the KAK Act doesn’t absolve media practitioners from taking into cognizance that freedom of expression has limitations and responsibilities. Nor would it immune media outlets from core values of the profession such as independence, impartiality, accuracy, accountability, and humanity. I would be remiss to not also thank the press for a worthy achievement: Don’t make it a phyrric victory, guys.

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