Press Union of Liberia (PUL) President, Mr. K. Abdullai Kamara,
PUL Prexy Cautions Journalists Against Ethical Breaches
By Robert Dixon
MONROVIA, April 29 (LINA) - The President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Mr. K. Abdullai Kamara, has urged journalists to do all within their power to avoid ethical transgressions in the discharge of their duties.
He said it is unfair for a journalist to report a wrong story against an individual, institution or public official only to offer apology for ethical breach.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Mr. Kamara made the statement Tuesday at a one-day Media Engagement For Freedom of Information Utilization held in the conference room of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) on Broad Street in Monrovia.
The workshop was hosted by the Carter Center, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through IREX.
Mr. Kamara made specific reference to the complaint filed to his office against The Reporter Newspaper by the Guinean envoy to Liberia, Ambassador Abdoulaye Dore.
He said in his complaint, the Guinea diplomat said the paper published a front-page lead story accusing him of engaging in illegal diamond mining in Liberia, without contacting him for his side of the story.
Kamara said the paper also alleged the Guinean envoy was engaged in tax evasion, a situation the ambassador said was far from the truth.
The PUL president said when the Union’s Grievance and Ethics Committee invited The Reporter Newspaper, it could not provide any evidence to substantiate their story, adding that all they could do was to offer apologies to the Guinea diplomat.
He expressed fear that media practitioners or institutions may lose their integrity if they continue to be involved in deliberate ethical violations.
Mr. Kamara observed that complaints of ethical transgression against media practitioners and institutions are leading complaints he continues to receive from individuals and institutions since he assumed the presidency of the PUL last year.