Press Union of Liberia (PUL) president Abdullai Kamara
PUL Leadership Calls On President Sirleaf
MONROVIA, September 15 (LINA) - The leadership of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her office on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
Speaking during the meeting last Friday, PUL president Abdullai Kamara assured the Liberian leader that the journalists umbrella organization remains a part of the National Task Force on Ebola and is playing the role it can but with very limited support and resources.
According to an Executive Mansion press release, he pointed out that the Ebola virus outbreak has also affected every sphere of the media landscape with newsprints and advertisements all running low.
“The Union is also concerned about freedom and rights issues during the outbreak and is prepared to work with government to address outstanding freedom and rights issues concerning the media,” Mr. Kamara emphasized.
He used the opportunity to raise the issue about the closure of the National Chronicle newspaper and support for community radio stations across the country.
Mr. Kamara thanked President Sirleaf for accepting to meet with them and thanked her for the effort government is making thus far in trying to contain the further spread of the Ebola virus in the country.
Responding, the Liberian leader welcomed continuous engagement with civil society groups such as the PUL and others on a routine basis.
She agreed with the PUL that community radio stations must be supported to enable them play their role during this critical health crisis in the country.
She urged the media not to heighten the fears of Liberians and the international community by their reporting, adding that, “it hurts the country and the ongoing (Ebola) fight.”
President Sirleaf informed the PUL that the issue of the National Chronicle is before the courts and will be resolved within that context.
The PUL delegation included vice president Jallah Grayfield; secretary general D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh and assistant secretary general, Daniel Nyankona.