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Govt welcomes PUL condemnation report

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Press Union of Liberia, K. Abdullai Kamara
Press Union of Liberia, K. Abdullai Kamara

(elbcradio.com/July 7, 2015)-The Liberian Government has welcomed the Press Union of Liberia (PUL)’s report in which the Union condemns the Nation Times Newspaper.

The Government said the decision by the PUL to self-correct by exposing the unethical conduct of the Nation Times Newspaper will go a long way in restoring public trust in the organization.

According to a MICAT Release, the Government emphasized that the burden is on the PUL to always self-correct.

The PUL, in its recent report, said its action against the Nation Times Newspaper is predicated upon the paper’s act of falsely maligning the impeccable character of Vice President, Joseph Boakai.

The Nation Times, in its April 8, 2015 edition captioned:  “VP Boakai in Corruption Act – Over 68 Million Dollars Disappear in thin Air.”

The Report, under the signature of PUL President, Abdullai Kamara, blames the Publisher of the Nation Times Newspaper for violating Article 11 of the PUL Code of Conduct and Ethics.

The report called on the paper’s Publisher to do, among other things, retracts the headline and publish an apology to Vice President Boakai.

The PUL also demands that the apology be published on its front page within a week and pay a fine of L$2,500.00 into the Union’s coffers.

At the same time, MICAT is also calling on the Executive Committee of the Press Union of Liberia to hand down ruling into its complaint filed April 30, 2015 against the Publisher of the In Profile Daily.

MICAT said its complaint borders on the Publisher’s disregard for journalistic ethics.

The Information Ministry said: “The Paper announced in its Wednesday, April 29th edition that it was going to charge US$75.00 per press release coming from the Liberian Government.”  

It also said a speedy hearing into the In Profile Daily versus the Liberian Government’s case will also rejuvenate public confidence in the PUL.

“Speedy hearing into the case will lay to rest the recent concerns raised in the US State Department’s Report against the Liberian Media, the release quotes MICAT as having said.

 


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