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PUL, Govt sign MOU to engender press freedom

By Joseph Koon
PUL President, Kamara Abdullai Kamara
PUL President, Kamara Abdullai Kamara

(www.elbcradio.com/Liberia/Oct. 27, 2014)-The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and the Liberian Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

According to PUL President, Kamara Abdullai Kamara, the MOU is primarily intended to resolve rift that had existed between the PUL and Government over the accreditation of journalists.

Mr. Kamara said: “The MOU provides that the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) shall be responsible to register all media institutions and ensure the renewal of their operational licenses from time to time.”

“The document also provides that the PUL, on the other hand, shall be responsible for the accreditation of all journalists in Liberia,” he also said.

“The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)   is also aimed at forming strong partnership with the ministry to enhance harmony and cooperation to engender the press freedom doctrine”, the PUL President emphasized.

Mr. Kamara made the statement recently during MICAT’s regular press briefing at the ministry in Monrovia.

The Union is the only legally recognized civil society organization responsible to seek, protect and defend the rights of all Liberian journalists in the performance of their professional duties.

In recent weeks, there have been claims and counter-claims between the PUL and authorities of MICAT over the accreditation of journalists in the country.

MICAT recently announced that it shall now ensure that all journalists in Liberia are registered and licensed by the Ministry as a prerequisite to practice journalism in the country.

The revised policy governing the work of journalists locally is in keeping with the new Executive Law.

In its reaction, the PUL argued that it is the cardinal responsibility of the Union to accredit all journalists and submit their names to the Information Ministry on a quarterly or annual basis

Meanwhile, it is not clear whether or not the recent MOU, reached between the union and MICAT will amicably resolve the stalemate over the accreditation of Liberian journalists.

 


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