Dozens of reporters covering the Judiciary here have been admonished to report accurately on the judiciary and the legal system to help citizens understand what their rights are or what the laws are that they need to abide by.
Opening a week – long Judicial Reporters’ Training Monday, 8 April, Liberia Media Development (LMD) Chief of Party Madam Jan McArthur warns that if the media cannot report accurately on the court’s role and the judgment they are making, “we” cannot expect citizens to abide by laws.
Addressing participants at the Temple of Justice where the training is ongoing, Madam McArthur stresses that the more accurately the media report here, the more information is put out to the citizens to make their lives better.
Dozens of journalists covering the judiciary from print and electronic media as well as staff of the Judicial public information department are taking part in the training which aims to enhance their understandings of the court systems.
Facilitators include Commercial Court Chief Judge Eva Mappy Morgan, Dr. Cllr. JallahBabu and other lawyers, some of whom have transitioned from mainstream journalism.
According to Madam McArthur, the training is in the interest of media reporting accurately on the judiciary and the legal system of Liberia.
She says it helps citizens to understand what their rights are or what the laws are that they need to abide by.Madam McArthur notes that it is very impressive, the fact that the participants have turned out.
Speaking of the facilitators, Madam McArthur notes that the fact that “we” have such champions in Commercial Court Chief Judge Eva Mappy Morgan and her colleagues on the role of media working with law, is really unusual.
“I have not experienced such a great relationship in other countries I’ve worked in,” she says.Madam McArthur says she is very excited to see this relationship grow with the Judicial Training Institute, the Judiciary, the Bar Association and with the media of Liberia.