The Liberian Senate has described as wicked ploy, the repeated playing of an old distorted audio of a discussion of legitimate national budget lines payment held in April 2020 and now ascribed to demand for the payments for the printing of new Liberian dollar banknotes a year later in 2021, is intended to cast doubt on the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) currency printing approval process, which has been praised by the general public as excellent steep by the Government to relieve them of mutilated Liberian Dollar banknotes.
A release from the office of the President Pro-Tempore Senator Albert T. Chie and signed by Director of Press of the Senate, Mr. Jarlawah A. Tonpo said the Pro-Tempore has expressed disappointment over the manner in which some journalists are misleading the public on the working of the Liberian Senate and urged journalists involved to desist.
The President Pro-Temp is calling on the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), to robustly conduct an investigation into the matter, also pointed out that the matter of the very audio was reported to the PUL and the Liberia National Police (LNP) in 2020.
Moreover, the statement issued Tuesday May 11, 2021 termed the act as disinformation, misinformation and an act of dishonesty that discussions were held and captured on audio on solicitation of funds to facilitate the automation of the printing of new family of Liberian Dollar Currency, adding, that this is unacceptable and a complete violation of professional ethics of journalism.
According to the release, the audio which is being played on JOY FM and its cohort stations is an old distorted and disjointed audio played over and over last year by the very stations with similar intent to tarnish the good earned reputation of the Pro-Tempore and the Liberian Senate.
According to the release, the discussion being referred to was on budget issues, specifically the overdue payments of funds to the Senate and the President Protempore’s office from their respective budget lines.
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