PUL Goes To Congress March 13

Release: (Monrovia: February 23, 2015): The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) will hold its pending mini-congress on March 13 and 14 in Monrovia.

The new dates for the Congress were reached after an expanded emergency meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) Monday (Feb 23) afternoon.

The EC ordered the leadership of the Union to step up preparations leading to a successful Congress during which the Union’s three-year Strategic Direction will be launched.

During the Congress, the PUL will present the first report of its ongoing media monitoring program which will point out ethical and professional issues in the media and lead a discussion on the draft Collective Bargaining Agreement that seeks decent salaries and better working conditions for journalists.

The EC also resolved that the March mini-congress will also cover the Union’s Quarterly Meeting of the Union.

“We cannot evade this responsibility of ours, and we want you, the second highest decision making body of the PUL, to come out with a decision on what we should do,” PUL President K. Abdullai Kamara told EC members.

The EC of the PUL comprises the elected leadership and heads/representatives of each of the five standing committees of the PUL including Membership, Welfare, Intellectual Discourse, Sports & Entertainment, and Grievance & Ethics. Monday’s meeting however included the Publishers Association and Reporters Association of the PUL.

The PUL Constitution mandates an annual-mini congress, but the Ebola outbreak coupled with logistical and resource constraints have compelled a delay.

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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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