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Gov’t Vows To Enforce Laws Governing Abuse Of Free Speech


  18 Janvier      18        Société (29291),

   

MONROVIA, Jan. 17 (LINA) – The Ministry of Information has said the government will leave no stone unturned in the scrupulous implementation of the laws of Liberia, with sensitivity to protecting the rights and obligations of free speech.

“Everyone, including broadcasters, has to be held accountable for what they communicate, the Ministry said in a statement signed by Minister Ledgerhood J. Rennie on Sunday.

It reminded all that Article 15 of the Liberian Constitution states that “every person shall have the right to freedom of speech, being responsible for the abuse thereof.”

The statement noted that the government’s attention has been drawn to a social media post notifying the public of a plan by Radio Bushrod (D15 Radio) to begin hosting Henry Costa, who fled the country in 2020 after a Writ was issued for his arrest in a criminal matter.

“Mr. Costa is still wanted by the law”, the statement indicated.

It said the government has informed the station’s Management that Costa, as a fugitive from Liberian justice, cannot host radio programs meant to communicate to Liberian audience while in the United States.

“Any act contrary to said notice will be a violation of the terms of the permit issued by the Ministry of Information and licensing conditions promulgated under the Telecommunications Act of Liberia,” the statement said.

It stressed: “Any station, including D15, which continues in this path in utter violation of the laws of Liberia will have their permit and license revoked.”

The statement informed all broadcasters that “the use of the airwaves is a license, granted by the Liberian government to those who meet prescribed criteria adding that:” If one is injured by a fugitive broadcasting from the United States, there would be no available redress. The Government has a responsibility to protect the public.”

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