Taylor Trial: Liberian Media Failing the Public (2)
To their credit, today several newspapers ran front-page stories in rebuttal to the allegations of kidnapping of potential witnesses in the Taylor trial, reporting that the Special Court in Sierra Leone calls the claims ridiculous.
I wish the Press Union of Liberia would do something about creating greater accountability in the media. At the very least, the newspapers should disclose when their articles are paid for, and by whom. What many of these outlets are doing is not journalism at all, but thinly-veiled PR. A newspaper’s primary responsibility is to inform the public, not to mislead. How can the PUL take itself seriously when its members are engaged in such unpatriotic and irresponsible behavior?