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PUL Prexy Urges Govít To Expand Free Press Space
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 President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Abdullah Kamara



PUL Prexy Urges Gov’t To Expand Free Press Space
By Wilfred Gortor, LINA

MONROVIA, November 2 (LINA) – The President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Abdullah Kamara, has underscored the need for government to enhance and improve the media landscape by expanding the free press space to ensure the effective operation of the media.

Kamara is of the opinion that freedom of the press can be more effective and guaranteed if Government passes into law some of those legislations forwarded to the National Legislature by the PUL and other media advocacy groups for enactment into law.

He made the statement at a program marking the observance of International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, held in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Monrovia on Monday.

The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, which is celebrated on November 2 every year, was observed by journalists under the canopy of the PUL and other civil society organizations.

This year’s celebration is being observed in Liberia under the theme: “Campaign for Greater Civic and Legislative Engagements to Improve Media Space and Safety.”

Kamara observed that despite the critical statistics of the number of journalists being killed around the world, a single journalist has not been killed in Liberia during peace time.

According to Kamara, “a total of four bills seeking to enhance media operations in the country were forwarded to the National Legislature by the PUL,” but indicated that out of the four only the Freedom of Information Act was passed into law.

He said the remaining three bills - an Act seeking to establish the Liberia Broadcast Regulatory Authority, an Act seeking to transform the Liberia Broadcasting System to a Public Service Broadcaster and the Community Radio Sustainability Act- when passed into law, will enhance as well as expand the space of free press in the country.



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