PUL Charges Community Radios To Remain Voice of Inclusion

The President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Abdullai Kamara has admonished community radio stations across Liberia to insist upon their role of strengthening inclusion in Liberian society.

Mr. Kamara said, with the evolution of community radio stations in 2004, the national agenda has now generously included the voice of more Liberians across the country, engendering positive participation in development, electoral, reconciliation and peace building issues.

He said “with this history of support to significant developments in our country, community radios should not give in to any action that excludes others.”

Kamara recalled that “exclusionary policies and practices were responsible for various theaters of conflicts in Liberian history, and warned community radio practitioners to resist any attempts to resuscitate this.”

The PUL President made the remarks at the 3rd General Assembly of the Association of Community Radio (ALICOR), in Zorzor, Lofa County on Saturday.

Kamara regretted that there is a growing sense of exclusion in Liberia, which is permeating various social and political activities in recent times, including the Legislature, youth & student groupings, sporting bodies, political parties, local government, as well as community radio actors.

“Community Radios cannot support this form of exclusion, as it is a reversal of your historic role of bringing people together to voice their convictions,” Kamara argued.

Meanwhile, the PUL President has announced new measures aimed at enhancing inclusion within the media community. The measures include increasing the number of community radio practitioners within the PUL, and expressed hope that this will make the PUL more inclusive, drawing its strength from the groundswell of members across the country.

Kamara then challenged members to be more professional and ethical in their practice, as their contribution to improving media practice and participating in the development of Liberia.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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