LIBERIA: CEMESP LAUNCHES MEDIA DEV. WEBSITE

Digital Content

A new website to showcase issues relevant to the media and peace building in Liberia, www.liberianmedia.org has been lit up by the Center for Media Studies & Peace Building (CEMESP) with support from the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The site was opened on Thursday, March 16, 2006.

The online documentation center will serve as a one-stop center for information about media and peace building activities in and related to Liberia.

On the media, the center will provide information on the various sectors, and include information on practitioners and their areas of competence, media organizations, media laws, and issues generally related to freedom of expression.

On peace-building, the center will provide information on peace building activists, activities and institutions in Liberia.

The center will also provide daily headlines from Liberia and elsewhere, and will link visitors to relevant Liberian sites, as well as media development and peace building portals.

The CEMESP Executive Director Malcolm Joseph said the site is designed to be a motivational force for making media and peace building relevant anchors for the development of Liberia.

According to Mr. Joseph, CEMESP, which also provides the secretariat of the Media Law & Policy Reform Process, is obliged to promote free expression in Liberia, and would continue in this direction until every Liberian can access the information that is necessary for their daily livelihood.

He then welcomed all Liberians to take advantage of the new site in seeking out information. For his part, CEMESP Board Chairman Abdullai Kamara lauded UNESCO for its strong role in jumping Liberia into the knowledge economy.

Mr. Kamara, who also supervises CEMESP's ICT for Development Program, expressed confidence that this leeway into the information age will provide greater dividends for the development of the media and the sustenance of peace in Liberia.

He finally expressed hope that media practitioners and peace building activists in Liberia will benefit from the enormity of information that will be available for and about Liberia.

The Analyst