Liberian journalists at CCRI tomorrow

Kristen Cyr, ace spokeswoman at the Community College of RI, sends word of this event:

Nine Liberian journalists will speak on pertinent topical issues affecting the emerging democracy in Liberia at a community forum at noon on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Liston Campus of the Community College of Rhode Island, 1 Hilton St., Providence.


Among other topics, the journalists will discuss the contribution of the media to the march toward sustainable democracy and the media environment -- how it has changed and how it could be enhanced -- during the forum. Maureen Sieh, former senior reporter of the Liberian Daily Observer and now editor of urban affairs of the Post Standard in Syracuse, N.Y., will serve as forum moderator.


The visiting journalists come from diverse spectrum of the Liberian media landscape, including the print and electronic media as well as civic media organizations, the Press Union of Liberia, Female Journalists Association of Liberia and the Liberia Media Center. The group’s visit is part of an exchange program implemented by the Center for Democracy and Development at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Liberia Media Support Initiative, a media watchdog group, organized the event in collaboration with the Center for Democracy and Development at UMass Boston and the Liberian community of Rhode Island.


This forum also is part of an ongoing relationship between CCRI and the Liberian community. Members of CCRI’s student government will participate in the forum, which is free and open to members of the public. Attendees are asked to arrive promptly at noon for a one-hour viewing of a photo exhibit presented by renowned Liberian photojournalist Gregory Stemn, a former photo editor of such Liberian newspapers as the Daily Observer and Inquirer. His photos trace the country’s transition from civil war to democracy and peace.


For more information, contact Nyekeh Forkpa at (401) 477-4993 or at or Sam Togba Slewion at (215) 964-3217 or

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