Liberia: Waja condemns attacks on media (Love FM)
The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) has joined its affiliate the Press Union of Liberia(PUL) in condemning the arson attack on Love FM, and the intimidation and threats against journalists. In a press release, WAJA said it stands by the PUL demand for the police to launch an immediate investigation to bring the executors of the arson attack on Love FM and all other elections related violence against the journalists to book. "We condemn the threats against Smith Toby and Patrick Honnah," said WAJA President Mohamed Garba whilst calling for an end to such unnecessary friction and harassment which could further fan the flames of election violence.
WAJA encouraged PUL to continue to take the lead in resolving these latest negative developments and hails the initiative of the Union in its crisis stakeholder consultations which recently brought together media owners, managers, editors, talk show hosts and former practitioners with the view to collectively respond to the looming political tensions.
"Journalists and media owners can only work to adequately inform the Liberian public if they operate in an environment free of intimidation and hostilities," WAJA President, Garba said.
The West African Journalists body, therefore, called on the State Security to act quickly in resolving this latest attacks to end impunity against the media.
While urging Liberian political leaders to demonstrate leadership by refraining from the use of violent language, WAJA also called on Liberian journalists to remain professional and neutral in the face of the brewing tension to save themselves and their country.