The President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Charles B. Coffey is calling on Journalists to be professional in the discharge of their duties, stressing that journalism is a noble profession that requires discipline and Nobel characters.
He made the statement at the Paynesville Town Hall on Friday June 16, 2017 during the PUL annual awards program.
Addressing journalists at the program, Coffey said the PUL is a noble institution charged with the responsibility to promote peace and create a level of professional in the media landscape.
“Award is something that denotes accomplishment, particularly in a competition where honor and prices are given based on merit”.
“The PUL is an institution with the capability to drive in that direction. By that, we will be promoting a level of professionalism in the profession, void of bias and unprofessional acts, “he said.
He added that the PUL is prepare to ensure that the electoral process is held under a peaceful atmosphere, urging members of the union through the various media institutions to create a perfect platform for political actors to convey their messages.
“We have launched strengthen of conflict sensitivity in journalism and social media towards peaceful elections in Liberia, and that project is being sponsored by UNESCO”.
“ It will give us the opportunity to train journalists on elections reporting, which will be in conformity with the elections code conduct and also in line with the PUL code of ethics that will be enforced by the National Media Council.
He also noted that the Leadership of the PUL will not be complacent to allow political institutions, individuals, or actors infringe on the rights of journalists in the discharge of their duty, warning that despite some journalists are being unprofessional in the discharge of their duty, it does not guarantee any individual to brutalize them.
“We want to urge journalists to remain professional and exhibit high degree of commitment in the discharge of their duty during the electoral process. By that, we will be minimizing report of ethical transgression and sometimes attack on journalists.
In the same vine, journalists being unprofessional in your sight do give you the authority to brutalize them and harass them at the discharge of duty, because elections have tension asserted.
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