Information Minister Ugene Nagbe says investment in the media will support Liberia’s vibrant democracyCommerce Minister Wilson Tarpeh says the government wants to work with the mediaMinister of Information, Culture and Tourism Lenn Eugene Nagbe says that investment in the media is building a vibrant democracy.Speaking at a Media Market Day yesterday at a resort in Monrovia, Minister Nagbe noted that with the Liberian government being the biggest advertiser, advertising from the government and its agencies should be equally distributed to the media.Unfortunately, he said, that is not the case and, therefore, it needs to be addressed.He also said that the lifeblood of the media is advertisement. “I have met with the Press Union of Liberia to find the solution to this matter but it has not been successful,” he said.Minister Nagbe said there is a tendency in which a government agency or ministry will decide to restrict advertisement to a selected number of the media simply because some other media are seen as unfavorable to the government.“The situation is still lingering and we are back to free for all,” he said.Minister Nagbe further noted that the media is important because no nation can survive without the role of the media.“A vibrant media is an indispensable tool for the government and the growth of its nascent democracy,” he said.He commended Internews and USAID (United States Agency for International Development) for sponsoring the one-day program. He called on the media to work with the government, to ensure that they work together to develop Liberia’s democracy.Commerce & Industry Minister Wilson Tarpeh, who also spoke at the occasion, said the government is running a serious business and, therefore, the media should also be run as a serious business.“We need the media,” Minister Tarpeh said, “because of the capacity to create jobs for our people, among other important issues.”Minister Tarpeh, who also happens to be the proprietor of The News newspaper, said prior to the arrival of the present government, there were “golden handshake” arrangements, in which the government would negotiate highly discounted payouts to settle its debts to media entities.“That period is over,” Minister Tarpeh said. “Our government does not subscribe to that.”He noted that the Weah Administration is a new government and, therefore, the media should understand and should not “rush us to do what we need to take time to do for the people.”“We expect the press to understand that even in a new marriage there is time for a honeymoon before the husband and wife can begin to think and work for their future and that’s what the government is going through now,” he said.Returning on the government being the largest consumer, Minister Tarpeh said since the media is a business, they must check their product, because buyers out there are looking for a quality product with a reasonable cost.“If any media covers a story and, without due diligence, rushes to publish a story without credibility, the media becomes responsible for putting out a bad product and you expect anyone to buy it,” he said.He meanwhile called on the media to be responsible for the provision of the kind of product they are selling to the Liberian people.He also said the media should get all their proper documents right and if they are facing difficulties, they can arrange to meet him so that he can look into their problems and give them some assistance.He commended Internews and USAID for their continued intervention to upgrade the standard of the media in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Gareth Southgate’s men begin their knock-out quest on Tuesday nightagainst Colombia at Moscow’s Otkrytie Arena – LIVE on talkSPORT.And Allardyce believes England will be extra-motivated to beat the South Americans after some of their big rivals were dumped out.“What a chance we’ve got,” he said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Everybody says it’s one game at a time, and it is, but you can’t help looking a little bit forward.“This could be one of the best chances we’ve had to go further than we have done since 1966 – and that could be another motivation to the team.“I think that you’ve got to look at it that way.“But certainly the focus for Gareth and his boys tonight has to only be on Colombia and finishing the good work they’ve done.” 3 Harry Kane will be looking to add to his five World Cup goals against Colombia 3 3 England have the best chance of repeating their famous 1966 World Cup win at this year’s tournament in Russia, according to former manager Sam Allardyce.This summer’s World Cup has been one of the most open in recent history, with four of the big favourites crashing out early in huge upsets.The early exits of Germany, Spain, Argentina and Portugal mean England are unbelievably now the joint third favourites for the title – behind Brazil and France and level with Croatia.The crazy run of results in Russia also mean there are no previous winners standing between England and a potential place in the final. Big Sam believes scoring the first goal will be crucial to England’s hopes, and is confident the Three Lions will sail through to the last eight.“I’m going 2-0 to England,” the former boss added.“If we score the first goal I can’t see us being beaten, I think it would give the team the confidence to go on from there.“Tonight’s all about England playing to their best, holding their nerve and giving their best performance.“And then, when the chances arrive, making sure they take them.”talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Allardyce, seen here coaching England’s Soccer Aid team, has backed the Three Lions to beat Colombia Will England finally end over 50 years of hurt this summer?