Consistent with a grant agreement The Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding, CEMESP is all set to implement the project entitled: Strengthening Media Freedom through an Enabling Media Regulatory Environment with direct funding from the Government of Great Britain through its Embassy in Monrovia.
Already a prepared training manual capturing the relevant issues is under close scrutiny to roll out a training of trainers’ workshop that will be passed onto a group of journalists from print and broadcast media as well as some civil society representatives who are promoting citizen journalism at the level of social media.
Based on a prepared work plan the two set of workshops will be conducted on November 27 and 28 this year.
A number of school press clubs have also been earmarked for some form of capacity building training to engage them in effectively using social media Facebook platforms.
There will also be series of radio talkshows where emphasis will be placed on ethical grounding of journalist and need to pursue pending media reforms that had long been initiated.
Journalists trained are expected to especially form themselves into networks to use the FOI in embarking on investigative journalism to bring integrity to their contents and desist from rumor peddling that has implication for national peace and stability.
Among other things, the proposed training and related engagements with media legal experts, Parliamentarians, MICAT among others have been designed to create a platform to further the debate on the choice between the existing National Media Council of the Press Union f Liberia or considering pushing through the legislature another bill for a media regulatory model that could be better responsive to the Liberian context in the aftermath of the enactment of Kamara Abdullai Kamara Press Freedom Act.
Under this project which is expected to come to close early next year, the British embassy in Monrovia through its support to CEMESP is therefore buttressing efforts in media freedom both online and offline to contribute to healthy debates in consolidating the fragile democracy in Liberia