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New national free expression coalition launched on World Press Freedom Day

(CEMESP/IFEX) - The following is a 6 May 2008 CEMESP press release:

Freedom of Expression Coalition launched in Liberia

CEMESP and four other freedom of expression advocacy groups in Liberia have come together under the banner of a coalition.

The Liberia Coalition for Free Expression was launched in Monrovia on 3 May 2008 as part of the activities commemorating World Press Freedom Day.

The other four members of the coalition are the Press Union of Liberia, the Liberia Media Center, the Liberia Women Media Action Committee and the Institute for Media Development and Dignity.

The objective of the coalition is to enable excluded groups and communities in Liberia to freely articulate their concerns, needs and rights without resorting to violence.

According to a memorandum of understanding signed at the launch of the coalition, the five groups pledged to collaborate in the promotion of freedom of expression in Liberia, in sharing perspectives and in educating the public on issues related to this fundamental freedom in Liberia.

The secretariat of the coalition is being housed at the offices of CEMESP, while the Press Union of Liberia is expected to appoint the coordinator.

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