The government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism has denied having a hand in the reported closure of the Voice of Pleebo Community Radio Station in Pleebo, Maryland County.
With reports that the station has been shut down by the Pleebo City Mayor, Wellington Kyne, the Ministry said it has begun an investigation into the matter, working in consultation with the Press Union of Liberia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, with a view of ascertaining what led to the abrupt closure of the station by the Mayor.
But the Ministry emphasized that the Liberian Government has neither sanctioned nor endorsed the Voice of Pleebo’s closure and has no part to play in the entire saga.
The Ministry has therefore advised the local authorities to restore the station’s broadcast, pending an amicable resolution of issues that led to the closure.
The Ministry reiterated that government is committed to creating conditions necessary for a pluralistic media environment, which is free of intimidation and muzzling, regardless of dissenting views.
Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia has stressed that the Information Ministry remains the sole government agency clothed with the authority of regulating the media. It therefore urges everyone to ensure that its functions are not usurped.