A move to fast track media-CSO advocacy and lobby for the enactment of three media bills in Liberia resumes today, November 27, 2013.
The Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding (CEMESP) with support from UNESCO is implementing this project as a furtherance of a roundtable hosted early this year.
The three media bills namely: Public Service Broadcaster; Community Radio Sustainability and Broadcast Regulator have been stalling for passage since the term of the 52nd legislature.
There is therefore the need to resubmit these bills to the 53rd legislature. This was part of suggestions of the January 17th and 18th 2013 roundtable that sought expert opinions from Ghana and Sierra Leone.
Explaining the rationale behind this resumption of efforts to get the three media bills passed into law, CEMESP Executive Director, Malcolm Joseph, said it is the means of making proactive moves to lobby some lawmakers in buying into process.
He said these laws hold immense prospect for deepening of the democratic trajectory that guarantees development in post war Liberia and must not be construed as giving too much of media rights.
Deputy Information Minister, Norris Tweh is expected to deliver the keynote at the one day retreat that is intended to garner suggestions about the lobby and advocacy strategies to be employed this time around.
The President of the Press Union of Liberia, Peter Quaqua and President of the National Civil Society Council, Frances Greaves, will equally deliver goodwill statements at the one day retreat to be held at the Charles Gbeyon conference Hall at the Ministry of Information on Capitol Hill.
It is planned that the one day advocacy and lobbying retreat will lead to Media-CSO coalition to engage selected lawmakers.
Climaxing it all will be a mobilization of the coalition to petition the Legislature to pass these media bills into laws, when they return from the agricultural break.