LIBERIA: Media Executives Criticize Pres. Boakai’s Press Secretary for Inaccessibility

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Liberian Media Executives have publicly criticized President Joseph Nyuma Boakai’s Press Secretary, Kula V. Fofana, for what they called her lack of accessibility to the media.
The frustration was voiced out during a high-powered media engagement session with the Minister of Information Jerolinmek Piah and the head of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Eugene L. Fahngon.
The media executives, including both publishers and radio station managers, lamented Madam Fofana’s unresponsiveness, noting that she frequently fails to answer phone calls or respond to text messages when the media seeks information from the presidency.

This consistent inaccessibility has been a significant point of contention for the press.
During the meeting, held at a local hotel in Monrovia, over ten media executives expressed similar concerns about the press secretary’s attitude. They highlighted the essential role of timely and accurate information from the Presidency in their work and the obstacles posed by Fofana’s behavior.
Adding to the tension, Madam Fofana did not attend the media engagement forum despite being invited by the Minister of Information. Her absence was seen as a further indication of her disregard for engaging with the media, exacerbating the frustrations of the press.
Information Minister Piah and LBS Boss Fahngon acknowledged the media’s concerns and emphasized the importance of effective communication between the presidency and the media.
They assured the executives that the issues raised would be addressed to improve the flow of information.
The executives stressed that a more accessible and responsive press secretary is crucial for fostering a transparent and informed public discourse.
They urged the presidency to take immediate steps to ensure better cooperation and communication with the media.
This criticism comes at a time when the media’s role in ensuring government accountability and transparency is increasingly vital.
The press has called for a more professional and approachable attitude from the press secretary to facilitate their work in keeping the public informed.
The media executives’ grievances highlight a pressing need for improved relations between the Presidency and the press. Addressing these issues promptly is essential for maintaining a healthy, transparent, and accountable government in Liberia.

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