Monrovia, Liberia- The Press Union of Liberia has with immediate effect, suspended the membership of Information Minister, Eugene Nagbe for what the journalistic body considers, insult to the entity.
Minister Nagbe appearing on a local radio talk show on Christmas Day along with Frontpage Africa Rodney Sieh, and Liberia Public Radio Frank Sainwola said, the Press Union of Liberia was a useless entity.
Minister Nagbe, based on his status as Minister of Information, is a honorary member of the Press Union of Liberia. The Liberian Information Minister is a journalist by profession, and worked as a journalist during the Taylor regime. He once worked for state radio, ELBC.
In a press release issued in Monrovia on Wednesday, the PUL described Minister Nagbe’s behavior as unruly and disturbing.
“Minister Nagbe unprecedented slam on the parent body for journalists, speaks to the length people of his category can sometimes go to defend their paycheck.
No matter how difficult the search for affluence, professionals must not allow their intelligence to be corroded but at all time strive to uphold the sanctity of one of few institutions Liberia has to preserved not even when ideas are in short supply to express our situational disagreements,” the Union’s release said.
Speaking on the issue further, PUL President Mr. Charles Coffey said, Minister Nagbe’s action reflects the anger of the Weah’s administration on the exact coverage of the government’s first year in office.
“The media in Liberia is not providing tough scrutiny, but a catalog of government’s pronouncement couple with few sporadic investigation,” the PUL President added.
This is not the first time that Minister Nagbe has been engulfed in a controversy with the Liberian Media. During President Sirleaf regime, Minister Nagbe was seen hurling insults at then Power TV reporter, Estella Liberty Karmo during the former Liberian President last state of the union address in 2017. Madam Liberty-Karmo is now Deputy Director at State radio ELBC
Meanwhile, the Press Union of Liberia has ordered a review of Minister Nagbe’s membership, while at the same time, has asked the National Media Council to investigate the statement of the Liberian Information Minister and recommend appropriate action against the Minister.
The Liberian Media has in recent times seen a heap of attacks from officials and surrogates of the Liberian government, something which has triggered international attention.