The Association of Liberian Community Radios- ALICOR, has submitted to the Honorable House of Representatives for consideration, a draft Community radio bill.
A statement issued by the House Press Bureau quotes ALICOR’ President, Mr. Hector Z. Mulbah, as saying; years ago, efforts flourished to develop a policy framework that both governs and protects the community radio sector of Liberia.
Mr. Mulbah said with the support of various partners, the process continued and at various stages, different versions of a policy document emerged.
According to him, USAID through Internews supported the process for over nearly two years.
“The process has now culminated in the drafting of the Community Radio Sustainability Bill. The Bill having gone through different stages of validation by a wide range of stakeholders has been finalized and we have come to submit this instrument to the Liberian Legislature for passage into law”, he added.
Mr. Hector Z. Mulbah said the bill, when enacted into law, will ensure a conducive legal environment for the smooth operations of community radio stations in Liberia.
“On June 29th this year, delegates from various community radio stations across Liberia gathered at a one-day conference in Kakata, Margibi County, and unanimously agreed for this Bill to be submitted to the Legislature”, he revealed.
The ALICOR President is of the view that the Honorable House of Representatives, will collectively act to ensure the smooth passage of the instrument.
For his part, the Chairman of the House Information, Broadcasting, Culture and Tourism committee, Representative Ivar Jones, received the instrument and vowed to submit such to the august body.