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PUL Welcomes Proposal To Be In National Budget
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PUL Welcomes Proposal To Be In National Budget
By Robert Dixon

MONROVIA, January 11 (LINA) - The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has welcomed the proposal by House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay for inclusion of the Liberian media in the 2017/2018 National Budget.

Speaking at the opening of the 6th and final session of the 53rd Legislature at the Capitol Building January 9, Speaker Nuquay said the budgetary assistance to the PUL will help to provide training and capacity building for members of the Fourth Estate, and will be implemented under the direction and supervision of the relevant agency of government.

In an interview with the Liberia News Agency at the PUL headquarters Wednesday, President Charles Coffey lauded Speaker Nuquay for his proposal to include the Liberian media in the National Budget.

The PUL official indicated that the inclusion of the Liberian media in the National Budget will help strengthen the media.

Coffey warned that the proposed inclusion of the media in the National Budget should not be wrongly interpreted to mean that the media has been bought by government.

“Media organizations in many African countries, including Benin, Ghana, as well as many European countries had their headquarters built by their respective governments,” the PUL boss pointed out.

He said the PUL has never and will never dictate to any media house in the country which headline or story to air on radio or publish, and wondered why anyone should entertain the notion that the media will be bought because government wants to support its growth and development.

“Look, the PUL was established since 1964; since that time it has not had its own headquarters; so including the Liberian media in the National Budget is an initiative that should be embraced by the public because it will help to enhance the construction of the PUL headquarters,” Coffey said.

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