Gongloe Recommends Media Commission to License Journalists

first_imgThe constitutional and human rights lawyer, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, has recommended that if journalists should be licensed, the National Legislature must create an independent media commission to do so.Cllr. Gongloe’s comment comes in the wake of decision government has made to license journalists beginning  January next year before they can practice in Liberia.This is an entirely new development in Liberia.  Not even during the Tubman administration, on which was often hard on the press, did the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs (now Ministry) or any other government entity attempt to license journalists.The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) that is an advocacy umbrella for journalists has reacted to this decision and described it as an attempt to curtail freedom of speech and of the press.Counselor Gongloe admitted that with the idea of licensing journalists is not wrong.  He mentioned lawyers and medical doctors and nurses as among professionals who are licensed before they can practice.He said it existed as a law in Liberia that the Ministry of Information regulated the media, but a memorandum of understanding was reached during the interim administration of Dr. Amos Sawyer and that of convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor, that the Press Union of Liberia polices its members.Cllr. Gongloe said the PUL had not fulfilled that role, neither had the Union come down hard on its members who behave in an unprofessional matter. So while agreeing that the policy needs to be maintained, that is not the role of government; rather it is the National Legislature who should create a independent  media commission to regulate the media.Taking into account the current Ebola crisis in the midst of which the President is seeking more powers, the move by the Information Ministry to license journalists  creates suspicion, the counselor averred.“The timing for this regulation is wrong,” he declared, adding, “Whether the government has a good intent for licensing journalists in order to promote excellence in Journalism, the intent will not be felt now considering the prevailing situation.”The closure of National Chronicle newspaper during the current state of emergency makes the licensing of journalists even more suspect, Cllr. Gonglore said.He said the government of President Ellen Johnson Sireleaf, since her ascendancy, has been encouraging press freedom, and has gone as far as signing the Table Mountain Declaration.The government needs not to reverse this policy now, but should wait and find an  appropriate time after the Ebola state of emergency to ask the Legislature to create a media commission, similar to the Independent National Human Rights Commission.Cllr. Gongloe noted that while freedom of press is good for an open society, it also has its bad side that makes it necessary for regulations to be in place.Making reference to Rwanda, he said prior to the 1994 genocide there was free press that propagated hate messages which caused millions of people of one group to be killed.“Licensing journalists is not a violation if there is a law that calls for that.  One needs to be licensed before practicing Journalism as Law is.  The only problem is the timing, and if government can do it without the existing MOU, the Legislature, after the state of emergency, must create a media commission that will carry on such regulations,” the counselor maintained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chef jailed for trafficking cocaine

first_imgA 34-year-old chef who was nabbed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) with 89 cocaine pellets in his stomach was on Monday jailed.Hosanna Moses, of Lot 35 Fourth Street, Kingston, Georgetown, was jailed when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Moses admitted that between November 14 and 16, 2018 at the Georgetown Public Hospital, he had in his possession 888 grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.The prosecution’s case, presented by Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, stated that Moses was an outgoing passenger on a Surinam Airways flight destined for Miami. However, ranks from the narcotics branch attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), intercepted him after he was acting in a suspicious manner.A subsequent search was conducted on his person and suitcase, but nothing illegal was found. However, after being further questioned he confessed to swallowing a quantity of cocaine pellets. A later X-ray conducted at the Georgetown Public Hospital, showed the cocaine pellets in Moses’ stomach.His attorney in a plea of mitigation told the court that his client fully cooperated with the Police in the investigations, while further stating that he is the sole bread winner of his family. Moses admitted that it was his negligence that caused him to commit the act.Magistrate Latchman jailed the father of one for four years and also imposed a $1.8 million fine.last_img read more

Celebrity broker looks for expansion

first_imgOWNER: Timothy Cavanaugh ESTABLISHED: 2003 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Four DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We’re a full-service celebrity brokerage company. We connect and book celebrities from all areas for special events, campaigns, personal appearances, speaking engagements, performances and more. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No. WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I wanted to provide a service that would make it easier for corporations, P.R. companies and ad agencies to book a celebrity for something. Working as an extended arm for them, I make booking a celebrity very simple. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? I worked in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years in all aspects of the business, and I found this to be a combination of all those skills. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? About four months WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Worked as a celebrity broker in the same capacity WHAT WERE YOUR START-UP COSTS, AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? About $10,000. Through savings. WHOM DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? No one. I had owned a business prior to this, so I had the knowledge of how to run one. I relied on my years of experience in the entertainment business. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? I always thought it would be much more difficult to start my own business. It seemed like it would be overwhelming, but it wasn’t. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $100,000. WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To increase my client base. I’m now working with clients in all 50 states as well as international accounts. I plan to expand in specific areas with additional brokers. I now have three associates in the field.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUSINESS NAME: Cavanaugh & Associates Inc. BUSINESS ADDRESS: 13619 Moorpark St. #E, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423 PHONE: (818) 907-5210 WEB SITE: www.cavanaughassociates.com, tim@cavanaughassociates.com last_img read more

Should Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho?

first_imgSo should United bite the bullet and fire the Portuguese coach or give Mourinho time to try and turn things around?AFP Sports looks at the pros and cons of keeping him in charge.Third-season syndromeNow in his third season at Old Trafford, United might have already seen the best Mourinho has to offer.In two spells at Chelsea and at Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid he always won the league in his second campaign. However, his third seasons at Chelsea and Madrid ended acrimoniously.Jose Mourinho (centre) has had a tense relationship with Paul Pogba in recent months © AFP / Oli SCARFFMourinho won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at United and finished second in the Premier League last season — albeit a record 19 points behind Manchester City.But there is little evidence from an illustrious career of an ability to turn things around once the going gets tough.Mourinho’s relationship with key players appears fractured. There have been high-profile tensions with World Cup star Paul Pogba and his French compatriot Anthony Martial.The Portuguese has always been a results-driven manager, able to point to a trophy-laden CV, and not feeling an overriding responsibility to enthral his fan base with entertaining football.That approach caused friction at United even when results were positive in his first two seasons as it did not fit with the attacking traditions of the club under Alex Ferguson and Matt Busby.Across town, Pep Guardiola has served up some spectacular football at Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp has produced a thrilling attacking side at Liverpool.But the more prosaic Mourinho now does not even have results to fall back on.United already trail Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea by six points and City by four. Unless swift action is taken they risk missing out on the top four and the Champions League next season, while a title challenge already looks unlikely.Rot predates MourinhoMourinho is not the only figure to blame at Old Trafford, where the team have not won the Premier League since Ferguson’s last season in 2012-13.Last season’s second-place finish was United’s highest league position in the past five years and many of the club’s fans have laid the blame for the relative under-achievement at the door of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.Fans were hoping the team could push on and mount a serious challenge to City but Woodward did not deliver the centre-back Mourinho wanted in the transfer window despite booming revenues.Woodward handed Mourinho a new contract until 2020 as recently as January and oversaw the failed reigns of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal before the Portuguese arrived.“Woodward gave him a contract last season, only seven or eight months ago, and he should see that contract through to the end and do the job,” said former United captain Gary Neville.But luck does not appear to be on the manager’s side.Mourinho summoned a positive response to the team’s defeat at Brighton during a dominant first-half display against Spurs that saw Romelu Lukaku miss a gilt-edged chance before the visitors took control after the break.If the club opt to dispense with his services there is not an abundance of candidates to take his place — with Guardiola, Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino all tied up elsewhere.As Mourinho defiantly said himself, he has more Premier League titles than the other 19 managers in England’s top flight put together.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho is under mounting pressure at Manchester United © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 28 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is fighting to save his job just three games into the new Premier League season after back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Tottenham.Spurs’ 3-0 win at Old Trafford on Monday was the heaviest home defeat of his coaching career and the team looked a long way from being realistic title challengers.last_img read more