Reporters Association of Liberia has condemned the National Elections Commission on claims that the Commission last Thursday denied several media houses and journalists access to cover the certification of president-elect George Weah and elected members of the House of Representatives.
Reporters Association of Liberia or RAL is an auxiliary of the Press Union of Liberia.
NEC had accredited media houses and journalists to provide coverage for last Thursday’s certification ceremony, but reportedly denied many access to the hall.
RAL in a statement observed that NEC’s alleged denial of access to local journalists to cover such a public function was an attempt to paint a negative picture that the incoming will not be media-friendly.
However, NEC’s spokesman, Henry Flomo, has denied the Reporters’ Association’s claims and said if some journalists were denied access to the hall it was not deliberate on the part of the electoral commission.
Mr. Flomo responding to a Farbric News inquiry said apparently some journalists were denied entry to the hall because they did not arrive on time before the VIPs were seated or due to of limited capacity.
Mr. Flomo furthered that NEC has always created access and space for journalists and media houses to cover the commission and it is unfortunate that such claims would be raised at this time.
By: Alfred Kollie