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“I will restore dignity to PUL”- Charles Coffey

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President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Charles Cofffey
President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Charles Cofffey

MONROVIA-The newly inducted President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Charles Cofffey, is reassuring the construction of the Union’s Headquarters, reconciliation, unity, gender balance and equal participation, among others.

Mr. Coffey said his one hundred days deliverables will focus on the construction of a Headquarters to dignify journalists and the PUL after 64 years of existence.

The PUL President spoke at the inauguration program Thursday, December 29, at the Monrovia City Hall.

Mr. Coffey also pledged to build, reconciled and unite the Union and outlined plans for his administration to decentralize the activities of the Union and empower Liberian Journalists.

He pointed out the Union’s commitment to fostering collective bargaining agreement with media owners and institutions aimed at improving the welfare of journalists.

PUL President Coffey has however stressed the need for government to repeal some of the repressive media laws against journalists. 

Speaking earlier in his turn over note, the former PUL President, Abdulla Kamara, recounted couple of his achievements during his administration as decriminalization of some of the repressive laws against the media, and worked to identified challenges in the media.

While he pledged his support to the Charles Coffey administration, Mr. Kamara re-enforced his alleged unsubstantiated ‘government’s cash infusion into the PUL election’.

Mr. Kamara and his former Vice President, Jallah Grayfield, following the PUL Ganta election, accused the Executive Branch of Government of influencing majority journalists to have voted against him that brought Charles Coffey to power.

The allegation was first denied by the Charles Coffey supporters immediately after the results of the elections were announced, while the Executive Branch of Government also denied and rubbished scene. 

The Election Committee Chairman, Aaron Kollie(left) with some senior media ececutives

Information Minister, Eugene Nagbe, in his official response to the Abdulla Kamara, said: “For the out-going president of the PUL to say that the Liberian media is bought, it is not true because the Liberian media is vibrant indeed. I’m proud to say that we do have an independent media in Liberia”.

He called on all to protect proudly the press freedom journalists and Liberians are enjoying in the country called for the continue relation of the Ministry of Information with the PUL.

Mr. Nagbe said: “For my experience, we have come a long way when it comes to press freedom and that the votes casted by journalists in Ganta sent a bold message to those who continue to live in the past, they are the prophet of doom.”

 


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