Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Danicius Sengbeh
‘Best Journalism Serves Humanity’ -- PUL Official
By Robert Dixon
MONROVIA, June 6 (LINA) -The Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Danicius Sengbeh, has said that journalism is a profession for those who have the heart to serve humanity and help shape society.
He also said whether digging into a politician's life or doing a human interest story about a volunteer, journalism can provide a varied and interesting career for those that are up to the challenge.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Sengbeh made the statement Friday in the auditorium of Ricks Institute at programs marking the first Career Day organized by the school.
He told the students that those who practice journalism help to set national agendas, sway, sustain and dissuade public opinions and policies.
He emphasized that journalism promotes development and exposes corruption, abuse of power, waste of national resources and makes suggestions that help to enhance democratic tenets.
He pointed out that “the same media, unfortunately, can also be dangerous,” noting that “it can break down peaceful societies, cause civil wars, violate the rights of many people, including children, the poor and voiceless, and even students of Ricks Institute.”
He said this happens especially when media practitioners elect not to uphold the principles of professional and ethical journalism, and submit to greed, unethical practices and the whims and caprices of politicians and corrupt individuals.
In remarks, the Principal of Ricks Institute, Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, commended the PUL official for providing the students ‘with meaningful, educational experience’ which, he said, would stimulate and motivate the students to continue their academic sojourn.
The program brought together people from diverse professional backgrounds, including electricians, lawyers, security officer and doctors, among others.