MONROVIA: On the occasion making the celebration of World Radio Day, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has called on broadcasters to focus their activities on the strengthening of peace ahead of the conduct of the 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections.
According to a PUL release issued on February 13, 2023, radio has contributed to cementing peace in Liberia after the bloody civil war, two decades ago.
The defunct United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), according to PUL, used radio to disarm the former warring factions in the conflict.
The PUL asserts that radio influence has grown throughout the country to the extent that politicians’ see it as a medium through which influence is peddled to their advantage.
“Today, radio has spread all over Liberia owned by government, religious groupings, private individuals and entities. Of this number, community radios are an important portion,” PUL disclosed.
World Radio Day is being celebrated under the international theme: “Radio and Peace”. Locally, the Press Union of Liberia is celebrating it under the theme: “Celebrating Radio to Sustain Peace ahead of the 2023 Elections”.
Meanwhile, the PUL has urged talk shows across Liberia to host a panel to discuss the contributions of radio to humanity and the role radio can play in sustaining peace during and after elections.
Reporters working with radio stations are also required to do broadcast pieces on the role radio can play in maintaining peace in Liberia.
On World Radio Day 2023, the Press Union of Liberia recognized radio’s contribution to peace during and after elections in Liberia as an important civic duty to the country and its people.