A coalition of three civil society organizations condemns what it terms “unprovoked media war of insults” and other forms of verbal attacks on Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor by individuals presenting themselves as talk show hosts.
The Citizens Action Network (CAN), Democratic Watch Forum (DWF), and the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA), in a release says they find it difficult to believe that the second most important public official in the country would be continuously insulted on a media platform owned and operated by a senior official of government with no action taken by relevant state functionaries.
They describe as a national embarrassment, the conspicuous silence of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs & Tourism, the Executive Mansion Press Office and the Press Union of Liberia, over the public disrespect shown to VP Taylor by elements of a pro-government media outlet.
The Civil Society coalition reminds the Government of Liberia that the consistent denigration of the Vice President by a pro-government media institution, owned by a senior government official, if not halted, would give credence to speculations about a sour relationship between President George Weah and VP Taylor.
The group notes that the CDC-government is faced with stiff opposition, coupled with serious political and economic challenges that can only be addressed with a united force, and therefore, cannot afford to be seen as fighting unnecessary internal battles, much of which is based on mere gossips.
It further reminds President George Weah that history is replete with accounts of destructive rumor mongers who would go at any length to sow seeds of discord, destroy good relationships in pursuit of their selfish agenda.
The coalition calls on the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) to remain consistent in its advocacy for a responsible broadcast and print media, anchored on the code of ethics of good journalism, and not sit back and watch undesirable elements pollute the air wave and the pages of newspapers.
The group is challenging prominent women organizations and activists to explain reasons for their conspicuous silence while VP Taylor, a respectable Liberian woman, who has stood and continues to stand for the cause of women generally, is being insulted continuously on the public radio.
The civil society group challenges Liberian women across political lines, to resist the pressure and temptation of selective advocacy which only serves selfish political interests, and rather draw attention to the abuse of any woman regardless of political persuasion.
Meanwhile, the coalition threatens to name and shame individuals responsible for this shameful propaganda campaign regardless of their positions and influence in society, if nothing were done to bring the situation under control. Press Release