By Alva M. Wolokolie
The Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Dr. J. Mills Jones has encouraged members of the Liberia Economics Journalists Association (LEJA) to put their facts in a proper perspective and do responsible reporting when writing any story.
Governor Jones told reporters that they should be obliged to balance a story before releasing it to the public because the Liberian people deserve to hear and see the truth and not fabrication.
In his keynote address at program marking the induction of officers elect of the Liberia Economics Journalists Association (LEJA) at a local hotel on Wednesday June 19, 2013, Dr. Jones said when a journalist does a balanced report, he or she builds his profession for future advancement.
As an economics journalist, the CBL Boss said the people expect to hear reports on taxes, efficiency of productivity, and the day to day social economic welfare of the ordinary people.
“The economy is always on the minds of the people. Economics talks about the lives of people. Journalists should write about this and educate the people. The output of an economics journalist should focus on the public good. But I encourage you to keep up the good work and speak out the truth,” Dr. Jones said.
Dr. Jones told officers of LEJA that the CBL is prepared to contribute to the capacity building of the organization because Liberians would depend on them to know where the economy comes from and how it is now.
For his part, the President of LEJA Mr. Doe S.K. Davies lauded his colleagues for selecting him to serve as head of the association.
Mr. Doe said LEJA will not relent in doing her work as usual. He vowed that the association will continue to be vocal and articulate issues affecting the budget, concession and the extractive industry.
Mr. Doe who is also the publisher of the Liberia Economic Journal and the Catalyst Newspaper disclosed that LEJA will engage the lawmakers on the passage of the decent work or minimum wage bill because the current amount allotted since the administration of President Tolbert cannot commensurate with the present day reality.
Press Union of Liberia (PUL) President, Peter Quaqua, congratulated the officers of LEJA and pledged the PUL support to working with the economics journalists in the country.
Mr. Quaqua acknowledged that it is a good initiative for journalists to specialize in a particular area as a part of their reportorial duty. He said the PUL looks forward to seeing members of LEJA helping the entity to succeed in her drive.
The PUL boss challenged journalists not to only report on low salaries in other areas but to also report how media persons are not well paid too.
Dr. Richard V. Tolbert who served as induction officer encouraged LEJA executives to remain focus and do what is right and avoid been partial in discharging their functions as journalists because the Liberian people solely depend on the media for information and education.