PUL President K. Abdullai Kamara
PUL Trains 12 Media Monitors
MONROVIA, August 2 (LINA) - The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has trained 12 monitors who will scrutinize media contents for professional and ethical breaches in the country.
The training is part of a grant the PUL secured from the Open Society for West Africa Initiative (OSIWA) titled “Strengthening the Liberian Media Freedom by Promoting Self-regulation & Accountability.”
The media monitors from both urban and rural Liberia have been taught skills to track ethical concerns and advance recommendations to address them, with the aimed of improving the media’s performance.
Speaking at the close of the two-day training in Monrovia Friday, PUL President K. Abdullai Kamara said the OSIWA-sponsored project was intended to improve the media environment and increase professionalism, wherein media practitioners will hold themselves accountable.
Kamara said the performance of the media, especially in terms of professionalism and ethical practices, has not been welcoming and there’s a need for improvement. One way to do so, he said, is monitoring the media and identifying problems and recommending solutions.
The PUL, Kamara stated, will continue to advocate for self-regulation against statutory regulation.
Former PUL President Peter Quaqua, also challenged the trainees to show themselves approved by doing professional monitoring that would be free of bias and inconstancies.
The participants were drawn from Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Lofa and Nimba counties.
The project will be increasingly spread to other counties, the PUL President said.