President Weah names a Press Freedom bill in memory of Kamara Abdullai Kamara

President George Weah has resubmitted to the House of Representatives a Bill to abolish Criminal Defamation laws in Liberia . The Bill when enacted into law, will be known as the Kamara Abdullai Kamara Act of Press Freedom, in memory of the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP) deceased Chairman and former President of the Press Union of Liberia Kamara Abdullai Kamara. The Liberian leader emphasized the important role Mr. Kamara played in convincing national government to repeal provisions on the Penal Law of Liberia, which impede freedom of speech and independence of the press in Liberia but did not succeed. The resubmission of the Bill follows several stakeholders engagements and consultations after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed onto the Table Mountain Declaration at an elaborate ceremony organized by the Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding in 2012 in Monrovia. The Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding through its Executive Director Malcolm W. Joseph has lauded President Weah for “taking the Bull by the horn” and called on Members of the 54th Legislature not to hesitate in passing the Bill into law.