NEC, Liberian Journalists Amend Media Code of Conduct to Suit 2023 Elections Coverage
BUCHANAN, Grand Bassa County – The National Elections Commission in partnership with the United Nations Development Program have completed a three-day workshop with media institutions.
The workshop which was held in Buchanan Grand Bassa County, is aimed at reviewing and adopting media code of conduct for elections reporting.
The media code of conduct serves as a guide and reminder for professional and responsible coverage during elections.
The over 50 participants in Buchanan were gathered from Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Bomi, Margibi, Sinoe, River Cess, Montserrado, and host Grand Bassa County.
After a discussion, practitioners review the 2017 media code of conduct and made some changes to amendments that will help government and the media during the elections period.
Giving remark shortly after the review and adoption Atty. Nathan P. Garbie, The Deputy Executive Director- Program at the NEC explained that the workshop is intended to provide critical information, thus cautioning journalist to make used of every lesson learned
“Like the political Parties and Civil Society Organizations code of conduct, NEC ensures that the media code is updated prior to the conduct of major elections to meet current realities facing the media, including the fast spreading of disinformation through the news media.”
He was followed by UNDP representative Cllr. Aagon Tingba who emphasized on ethical practice by journalists in reporting on election matters.
“The media is the conscience of the society, if you do not have a good media story will not be told, therefore it is important that journalist be ethical ” Cllr. Tingba explained.
The workshop was funded by the European union, USAID, Irish Aid UNDP and other developmental partners.