President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Abdullai Kamara
PUL Prexy Calls For ‘Relevant Information To Transform Lives’
By Calvin Brooks
MONROVIA, September 30 (LINA) - The President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Abdullai Kamara, has challenged Liberian journalists to remain vigilant in disseminating relevant information to transform the lives of the Liberian people.
He said the media plays a significant role in shaping the development and growth of the people and nation, despite the challenges it faces, including criminalization of media offences.
The PUL boss made the statement in an interview with the Liberia News Agency as the PUL celebrates 50 years of existence on Tuesday, September 30, with the anniversary dedicated to the dissemination of Ebola prevention messages across the nation.
He indicated that the decriminalization of certain media offences will enhance the pivotal role that media houses play to strengthen the democratic process where dissenting views would be tolerated by all to ensure the freedom of speech.
He stressed that democracy calls for tolerance, noting that government officials should understand that the media is not against them, but is working along with them to build a strong democratic society where accountability and transparency would prevail.
President Kamara hoped that as the PUL celebrates its Golden Jubilee, government officials will see the media as a partner in progress and not close media houses or harass and intimidate journalists who are responsible to inform the public about developments in the country.
According to him, the PUL was founded in September 30, 1964 as an umbrella organization of Liberian media professionals and institutions with a membership base of more than 500 journalists today.
He pointed out that the PUL has made its presence felt in all the 15 counties in Liberia over the years, making the Union credible and reliable among the Liberian people in disseminating objective, factual and balanced information.