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Press Union of Liberia Organized on September 30, 1964 as the umbrella organization of Liberian journalists.

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15/08/2016

Closure of Radio Stations threatens Space for Free Media- PUL Alarms
(Monrovia- August 15, 2016)- The Press Union of Liberia is appalled by the closure of Radio LIB24. This is an unacceptably intimidating tactic meant to muzzle the Liberian media into silence, and must be condemned by all sectors of Liberia.
Lest we forget, the closure of LIB 24 is the second action against a media house within a few weeks, and has presented media space as an endangered environment. In the long term, this will lead to a censored and frightened media.
Given LIB 24’s known partisan bent, “by this action, the government has presented itself as an undemocratic and intolerant regime, pursuing schemes that are inimical to the principles of free expression and respect for divergent ideologies,” PUL President K. Abdullai Kamara intoned.
Furthermore, the government’s claim of pursuing tax and regulatory delinquency in this latest clamp down is at most double standard, when the same government is the largest player in the economy and the biggest debtor of media services.
“By continuously foot dragging in the payment of media bills, the Liberian Government has basically strangulated the media, effectively leaving the press largely unable to pay taxes,” Kamara maintained. In this case, this government has lost out the moral high ground to demand compliance from the same media, which is unable to act due to government inaction.
This scenario therefore places the government under a moral and legal obligation to evaluate its relations with the media more in terms of resuscitating the difficult economic and operating environment in which media is struggling to survive.
On the other hand, and in line with strengthening democracy and stability in Liberia, the government must be seen enabling divergent views as opposed to exacting punishments, especially for known dissenters.
“This episode simply reminds us that the fight for a free press regime in Liberia has always considered successive regimes using so call judicial actions to silence opposing or divergent views. For once this must stop, if we need to push our peace and democracy to the realm of progress,” Kamara warned!
If the government is truly sincere about ensuring compliance with laws and regulations, the Press Union is available to join this conversation. However, it must be clear that the Press Union of Liberia cannot be a part of any arrangement that is designed to limit the number and diversity of voices in Liberian society.
We therefore call upon the Government of Liberia to forthwith reopen the affected media houses and introduce measures that will ensure individual and institutional respect for and compliance with regulations.
Daniel Nyakonah, Jr
Acting Secretary General
Press Union of Liberia

05/02/2016

PUL Protests Threats Against Journalists
- Demand Speedy Response to Gruesome, Mysterious Crimes

Monrovia, February 5, 2016: The Press Union of Liberia has demanded an immediate halt to increasing threats being made against Liberian journalists.

These concerns are due to numerous reports by journalists about anonymous and threatening remarks being made against them in the face of indicative leads they are providing to the Harry Greaves mystery. This is also backed by rumored planned clamp down on dissent, in the face of the courageous journalism which exposed crucial allegations of high level police involvement in armed robbery and other serious crimes in the country.

“No level of reporting should constitute any harm against journalists,” Press Union President Abdullai Kamara warned, and called upon the Government of Liberia to demonstrate its support for a free press by standing in defense of journalists’ reportage on occurrences in our country.

Kamara expressed the Press Union’s concern about growing security issues in the country, given the ongoing withdrawal of UNMIL from Liberia, and called for the government to show its commitment to provide security, especially and including for government critics, political opposition and journalists, who are in the fore of exposing short coming in our society.

The Press Union of Liberia is firm that going forward in peace and stability requires the collective effort of all Liberians, including journalists and the government, to respond to the growing insecurity.

Meanwhile, the Press Union of Liberia is calling for the immediate arrest of all senior police officers and related persons named in the recent probe of armed robbery and related crimes, as a mark of allaying citizens’ apprehension about the worsening security situation in the country.

The Press Union is also seeking an early release of findings in the open, violent confrontation involving state security personnel within the presidential motorcade and those assigned with the Director of Police.

“We need to understand what happened, and what is being done to address such recklessness that is adding to fear and insecurity in our country,” Press Union President Kamara lamented.

The Press Union notes that until the government takes clear and concrete actions to address these claims, the community will continue to suffer fear and insecurity, especially in the face of unresolved and suspicious deaths, including in the cases of Victoria Zayzay, Michael Allison and Fayiah Gbollie, as well as numerous allegations of ritualistic killings which continue to create an aura of insecurity in the country.

The Press Union is meanwhile admonishing journalists to continue their work of seeking out and disseminating news and information to the Liberian p***c in a most professional way. “This is our contribution to making Liberia a better place,” Kamara concluded.

Daniel Nyakonah, Jr.
Acting Secretary General
0886235395/0770166781
[email protected]
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17/09/2015

WAJA Condemns Military Take Over in Burkina Faso

17 September 2015: The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) has described as shameful, the Military’s continued disruption of the freedom and happiness of the people of Burkina Faso. The Military seized power on Wednesday after taking prisoner the President, his Prime Minister and two cabinet members.

This happened as over a hundred journalists [including the WAJA President], academics, human rights defenders and other professionals assembled in Ouagadougou this week for the annual International Festival of Freedom of Expression and Press, which ended prematurely.

Participants from around the continent and other parts of the world had been discussing the contribution of the media in the changing political atmosphere in Africa when they were slapped with yet another violent change.

Following a popular uprising that ousted former president Blaise Compaore a year ago, transitional authorities in the country were preparing to administer general elections on October 11, 2015, which now seems unlikely.

A joint statement signed by the Association of Journalists of Burkina Faso and other media groups in the country indicates that journalists and media outlets have already been attacked and forced to shut down in the aftermath of the coup.

WAJA joins its affiliate in denouncing the coup and the attending violence against the media and calls for the restoration of civil order.

“It appears that these people know the importance of media that’s why they could run to the national broadcaster to announce the coup, but at the same time they launch an attack on other radio stations and brutalized journalists. This is simply unintelligent,” WAJA President Peter Quaqua lamented.

While calling for the release of the Transitional President Michel Kafando and others, WAJA also insists on the immediate release of all foreign journalists and other nationals being held hostage in Burkina Faso on account of closure of the borders including the airport.

WAJA will hold the coup leader personally responsible for any damages caused any of its members in the wake this disruption.

WAJA represents the fifteen journalist associations/unions in West Africa. For further inquiry, contact: [email protected]/ (226) 63599799/(231) 886529611

05/08/2015

PUL Still Concerned About Identity of Strange Newspaper

The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has noted the appearance of a name and mobile telephone in the strange newspaper, the “Transformer”.

The Press Union of Liberia recently condemned the appearance of the strange paper on the newsstand in Monrovia without an imprint which carries the name of the publisher, staff, contact number and full address.

The strange paper’s Wednesday August 5, 2015 edition depicts one Mark Juliano as its Publisher with cell phone number 07705534845 that does not exit.

PUL President K. Abdullai Kamara said the name and numbers which are especially faceless represents dishonesty and are far away from truth telling that is the code of journalism.

The PUL said it is not only unprofessional but further makes the media in Liberia vulnerable to attacks from other spheres of a country where the media is made to be blamed for almost everything.

In a statement issued in Monrovia Wednesday, the Journalists’ Union wants the publishers of “Transformers” to bring their faces to the business of setting agendas which fuels debate on the governance of Liberia.

The PUL has again warned the public that it has no information whatsoever on the Transformer Newspaper, neither are the publisher, managing editor, nor other editorial staffs known to be human beings.

The Press Union of Liberia therefore cautions the public to be very careful in dealing with such unreliable media entities as they have the bent on causing major chaos in society under the canopy of journalism, which would reflect negatively on our noble profession.

Signed: _______________
Daniel Nyakonah, Jr.
Acting Secretary General/PUL
0886235395/0770166781

13/07/2015

THE ROLE OF THE PRESS IN PROMOTING AND PROTECTING PRESS FREEDOM IN LIBERIA

12/07/2015

Aspiring for Greater Professionalism in Liberian Media

02/07/2015

Rufus Paul Suspended From PUL for 6 Months

(Monrovia, July 1, 2015): The Press Union of Liberia has suspended the membership of journalist Rufus Paul for six months effective Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The decision follows a recommendation of the Grievance and Ethics Committee of the Union which found him liable for deception and bringing the Union’s name into public disrepute.

During the period, Journalist Paul will not take part in any of the Union’s activities and is barred from entering the premises of the PUL.

The Liberian journalist is being suspended in connection with the so-called “PUL Prestigious Award” he organized on Friday, February 13 under the banner of the National Publisher and Broadcasters Association of Liberia.

The Committee found Paul liable for deception by not only operating an association not recognized by the Union but also hosting a so-called “PUL Prestigious Educator of The Year Award”. Evidence adduced against Paul includes the souvenir program, T-Shirts and banners displayed at said event.

The Union’s Executive Committee backs the Grievance and Ethics Committee’s recommendation that Journalist Paul should write and publish a letter of apology to the Union and its members, regretting the embarrassment suffered by the PUL through his action and that the group was operating on its own and misled the public.

The suspended journalist is also obligated to write a letter to the honoree in question (Mr. Barshall) to clarify that contrary to wording on the souvenir and other materials, the award dished out to him was not a “PUL Prestigious Award” and that the Union was not connected to said occasion.

Mr. Paul’s suspension is in line with Article 29 of the PUL Code of Conduct and Ethics which evokes warning, fine, suspension and expulsion as penalties for unethical acts.

Signed: ________________________

D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh
Secretary General/PUL
(0886/0777) 586531

27/05/2015

PUL Annual Awards & Dinner Confirmed for July 10

Monrovia, May 27, 2015: The Press Union of Liberia will hold its annual awards night and dinner on July 10, 2015.

The Press Union of Liberia annually organizes the awards night and dinner to recognize journalists and media institutions that perform exceptionally across the previous year as the climax of World Press Freedom Day celebrations.

In preparation for the event, more than 40 journalists have already submitted entries for the various Individual Themed awards in such areas as the reporting the Legislature, Human Rights, Women Rights, Sports, Health , Investigations, Development, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, the Environment, Business & the Economy, the Judiciary and Photojournalism.

The Press Union of Liberia will also provide Institutional Awards for Radio Stations, Community Radio Station Newspapers and TV Stations of the year, as well as the high profile Journalist of the Year.

Already, the Press Union of Liberia has invited all media institutions to provide the basis for the institutional awards, and is continuing with resource mobilization to ensure that the Annual Awards Event comes up with the spark that it deserves.

K. Abdullai Kamara
President

It is not part of the Press Union of Liberia's work to fight its members. Instead, we stand for members. So, when member...
29/04/2015

It is not part of the Press Union of Liberia's work to fight its members. Instead, we stand for members. So, when members make difficult comments, we at times ignore them and ask them in private to explain themselves. As a journalist, we expect that to show - even in your public comments. If you have known since you were a journalist that May 3 is World Press Freedom Day, what should stop you from preparing for it? If, since the Congress, at the end of March 2015, you were informed that activities would be in Zwedru, how did you expect to get there? If more than a month ago, announcements were placed for members to express their interests about attending and you did not submit your name, how is the leadership expected to know that you would be going? If you have not updated your membership in 3 years - though gainfully employed - whose registration dues should be used to attend to your welfare? If a journalist does not check his emails - in this day and age - who should bear the blame, if she does not get the periodic memos from the PUL? If we do not prioritize a PUL event, even in our publications, who should do that for us?For once, let us move our self worth to another level! Going to Zwedru could be the beginning of a new day! At least the guys in those parts of the country crave PUL membership - see the meteoric growth in membership from Nimba and B**g!

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY TRIPThe Press Union of Liberia (PUL) informs all journalists, especially those wishing to go to ...
29/04/2015

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY TRIP

The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) informs all journalists, especially those wishing to go to Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County for World Press Freedom Day 2015 that departure date is Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7am prompt!

You are advised to stick to the following regulations:

1. All are to assemble at the PUL Headquarters no later than 6:55 a.m.

2. Bus leaves PUL headquarters at 7a.m. prompt

3. The Bus will not wait for anyone after 7 a.m.

4. Those in Congo Town and Paynesville and their respective surrounding areas should be at ELWA Junction and Parker Paint Junction, no later than 7:05 a.m. to join others on the bus

5. There will be no other pick up point besides Kakata, Gbarnga and Ganta

6. Provision for transportation will only be made for those who preregister at PUL

7. Only those who have made contributions will be allowed on the bus

8. Besides pickup points, the first major stop will be made in Ganta for a 30-minute break/refreshment

9. For additional Information, call the Secretariat of the PUL

Signed: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______________________
D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh
Secretary General
0886585331/0777586531

And the folks flocked together to say all was well!
22/03/2015

And the folks flocked together to say all was well!

PUL Concludes Successful Congress

(Monrovia, Sunday March 22, 2015): The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has ended a successful mini-Congress in Monrovia with a call for improved working conditions of journalists in the country.

The March 20-21 event marked the first ever mini-congress of the PUL since its transformation into a trade union organization in 2009. An annual mini-congress is mandated by the PUL Constitution as a platform for the leadership to make administrative and financial reports to the membership. The congress was delayed from the end of last year to March this year due to logistical constraints, a release from the Union issued in Monrovia said.

Congress recommended that the leadership take action to introduce greater capacity for journalists, set up an ad hoc committee to review the Union’s financial details and report to the membership in two weeks; organize a meeting with Publishers/media managers to present the collective bargaining agreement as a basis of reaching a formal accord; and encourage journalists to increase adherence to ethics, including by abiding by the Code of Conduct of the PUL and related instruments.

Congress also adopted the Gender Media Policy as an instrument to promote women’s participation and equal opportunities in the media; launched its three-year strategic plan of US$1.3 million and an OSIWA-sponsored media monitoring project, and encouraged journalists on the utilization of the Freedom of Information Law, among others.

The Congress heard from a wide range of partners, including the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism, the Diplomatic Corps, IREX and the Legislature.

The Union’s 3rd and the longest serving president and founding member 87-year-old James c. Dennis, Sr. graced the occasion and cautioned young journalists to practice by professionalism.

Signed:

D Kaihenneh Sengbeh
Secretary General/0886/0777-586531

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