Press Union Congratulates President Weah


  • (Monrovia, January 23, 2018)- The Press Union of Liberia has congratulated President
    George M. Weah on his ascendency to the leadership of the country.
    The PUL according to a release has vowed to work tirelessly with the Weah Administration
    to improve the legal and professional operating environment of the press in Liberia.
    It is important that the new government includes media reforms in its “pro-poor” governance
    agenda, the Union insists.
    Meanwhile, the Press Union of Liberia has reshuffled its Executive Committee as follow:
    Membership Committee
    1. Maxwell Johnson- Chairman
    2. Edwood Dunn- Co-Chairman
    3. Musu Sirleaf -Secretary
    4. Tete Gebro
    5. D. Sonpon Weah
    6. Neiy Kwiah Wiaplah
    7. David Targbeh
    Sports & Entertainment Committee
    1. Julu Johnson-Chairman
    2. Martina Brooks-Co-Chairman
    3. Samuel Hasay- Secretary
    4. P. Nas Mulbah
    5. Sally Gaye
    6. Koluba Zayzay
    7. Trojan Kiazolu
    8. Roland Mulbah
    Intellectual Discourse Committee
    1. Raymond Zarbay- Chairman
    2. Estelle Liberty Kermon –Co- Chairman
    3. Joe Wandah –Secretary
    4. Francis Pelenah
    5. Melody Mezay- Kettor
    6. Beatrice Sieh
    7. Tokpah Tarnue
    Welfare Committee
    1. Festus Poquie- Chairman
    2. Necus Andrews Co-Chairman
    3. Augustus Bortue- Secretary
    4. Henry Sumo
    5. Zoe Horace
    6. Ellis Togba
    7. Alfred Rogers
    Signed:
    Daniel Nyakonah, Jr.
    Secretary General
    0770166781/0886235395

 

 

 

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25 Journalists Undergo WAJA/PUL ‘Gender Sensitive’ Reporting Training In Monrovia


Press Union of Liberia President K Aabdullai  Kamara
Press Union of Liberia President K Abdullai Kamara

Twenty-five journalists, predominantly females, will Monday (May 18) commence a three-day intensive Gender Sensitive Reporting training in Monrovia, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) disclosed Friday in Monrovia.

The PUL is convening the Gender Sensitive Reporting Workshop, on behalf of the West African Journalists Association (WAJA), and the Norwegian Journalists Union, as part of a broader Women Reporting Women Project.

The workshop is a regional initiative, aimed at improving the quality of gender sensitive reporting that seeks to encourage and enhance in-depth analysis and debates on issues concerning women, a statement said.

The training will also  offer skills and knowledge to those who report women issues, but who are not necessarily equipped with the right tools to give a fresh, insightful perspective into subjects such as domestic violence, rape, inheritance, divorce, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, lack of access to education and health and Continue reading “25 Journalists Undergo WAJA/PUL ‘Gender Sensitive’ Reporting Training In Monrovia”

PUL Trains Monitors To Scrutinize Media Contents For Professionalism


The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) today, December 11, commenced a two-day training for monitors who will scrutinize media contents, with the aim of enhancing professionalism and improving ethical standards.

The training is part of a year-long project funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to help professionalize the Liberian media. The project supports Goal 2, “Promoting Professionalism for Liberian Media Practitioners” of the PUL 2014-2016 Strategic Direction. Continue reading “PUL Trains Monitors To Scrutinize Media Contents For Professionalism”

UN Official Says Press Freedom Crucial To Society


Liberian journalists observe World Press Freedom Day 2014 with local government officials
Liberian journalists observe World Press Freedom Day 2014 with local government officials

An official of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Liberia has said without press freedom the people will be ill-informed and society incomplete.

UNESCO Officer-in-Charge Stevenson Siedi noted that in an environment where journalists are safe, citizens find it easier to access quality information that can be vital to making sound decisions and analyzing critical national issues. Continue reading “UN Official Says Press Freedom Crucial To Society”

Liberian Police Force Urged To Be Peacemakers Than Peace-Enforcers


Emergency Response Unit of the Liberia National Police
Emergency Response Unit of the Liberia National Police

The Chairperson of the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC), Cllr. Gladys Johnson, is calling on officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to be more of peace makers than peace enforcers. She says this would require policemen to refrain from jailing citizens often for minor offenses that require warning. Continue reading “Liberian Police Force Urged To Be Peacemakers Than Peace-Enforcers”

Licensing Journalists: A Panic Decision or an Act of Desperation?


By Peter Quaqua /12 October 2014

Introduction

WAJA President Peter Quaqua (far rights with colored shirt) joining Liberian journalist on observance of World Press Freedom Day 2014
WAJA President Peter Quaqua (far rights with colored shirt) joining Liberian journalist on observance of World Press Freedom Day 2014

I have been following the ongoing debate between the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and the Liberian government over the licensing of journalists in the country and I am obliged to share my thoughts with the hope of putting some issues into context and to “cool the temper.” Honestly I thought we could spare ourselves of all these ‘distractions’ to apply our combined energies and resources to the national Ebola fight and stop opening new frontiers because we are doing more harm than good to our country. So let me therefore beg the government to please keep this fight for another day if it feels strong about pursuing it. While advising however, I should give a hint of what to expect if and when the regime decides to proceed.

The Call for Journalists to lineup for Licensing

Could this be another panic decision or an act of desperation? On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, a release from the Liberia News Agency (LINA) quoted Deputy Information Minister Isaac Jackson as saying that journalists must seek annual permits from the Information Ministry, in accordance with Chapter 31.8 of the New Executive Law.         The PUL rightfully challenged the decision and called on journalists not to cooperate.

Throughout my practice as a journalist dating back to 1996, and my stewardship on the leadership of the Press Union, I was never confronted with this subject of licensing or registering journalists as it were. It is safe to suggest that previous regimes either knew it was a controversial issue or a potential minefield and did not venture in that terrain. Those regimes included the noted dictators of Samuel Doe and Charles Taylor. Continue reading “Licensing Journalists: A Panic Decision or an Act of Desperation?”

EU Denounces Capital Punishment


The European Union and the Council of Europe have reaffirmed their strong and absolute opposition to capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances, and their commitment to its worldwide abolition.

In a Joint Statement by the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the EU said “We are deeply concerned about setbacks in some countries, such as recent mass trials leading to a vast number of death sentences, the extension in domestic legislation of the scope of the death penalty’s use, or the resumption of executions after a period of several years.” Continue reading “EU Denounces Capital Punishment”