aggression on journalist Solomon Ware of Truth FM by the Senate President Pro Tempore, Cletus Wotorson.
The Union says after conducting an investigation into the incident, it has been established that Senator Wotorson acted improperly.
PUL says information gathered from people at the Capitol and supported by the video footage, contradicts the Senator’s contention that it was the reporter who pushed him.
The video recording viewed by journalists and the Spokesman of the Pro Temp’s office, vividly showed Mr. Wotorson throwing his elbow at the reporter.
However, PUL says it is yet to understand what aggravated the Senator so easily, when the journalist simply asked a question which could have been ignored, instead of choosing to intimidate the reporter.
The Union described the incident as unfortunate and a defeat of its recent desire to build a relationship with the Legislature, as the fallout took place only a day after celebrating World Press Freedom Day with the Lawmakers and a week after an acquaintance meeting with Senator Wotorson.
The umbrella group for journalists however says while it remains open to working with all branches of government in moving the country forward, it will not take kindly any deliberate or arbitrary action against the media, and therefore backs the reporters call for Mr. Wotorson to offer an apology in order to lay the matter to rest.
While deploying the humiliation suffered by reporter Ware, the Union believes a blackout should be the last resort in such a matter, but hopes the action will send a message to those entrusted with state power not to use their positions to abuse others.
The Union calls on journalists to remain steadfast and professional in the discharge of their duties to society and never be distracted.
Meanwhile the PUL announces the death of journalist Boimah Clement, Publisher of the Times Newspaper.
Clement died on May 6 at the John F. Kennedy Hospital after a tragic motor accident. A Water and Sewer water truck ran off the road into Clement on the Somalia Drive.
His remains have been deposited at the Samuel Stryker Funeral parlors in Sinkor. The Union will open a book of condolence to the memory of the fallen journalist on Friday, May 15 at 10:00am at the Union’s headquarters on Clay Street.