(Monrovia, January 31, 2018)- The Press Union of Liberia has released its Third Quarterly Media Alert Report. It recorded nine (9) attacks including threats and lawsuits for the months of October, November and December.These attacks occurred at the heart of political campaigning during the just ended Presidential and Representative Elections of 2017. Seven attacks were recorded for October along of the nine tracked.
The PUL Media Alert Program is part of the Liberia Media Development being implemented by Internews with funding from USAID. It gathers information relating to threats and attacks on journalists and other actors on account of speech or related journalistic activities. Through this program, the PUL has been following up the causes of such attacks, and the feedbacks and responses by government and related authorities.
This Media Alert Program is a groundbreaking initiative aimed at protecting journalists and media workers in Liberia to a new height.
Presenting the Third Quarterly Media Alert Report, PUL President, Charles B. Coffey, Jr. disclosed that the Alert Program will remain proactive in tracking attacks against journalists and media workers in Liberia.
“This project made possible with the support of the American People and Government will continue to name and shame people who found it entertaining to harm journalists”, PUL President Charles B. Coffey, Jr.
Also speaking at the released of the Third Quarterly Media Alert Report which also witnessed the dedication of the PUL Mini Media Service Center was World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative,Dr. Alex Ntale Gasasira.
Dr. Gasasira lauded the Press Union for the Media Alert initiative and vowed to work with PUL on projects which will impact people and communities.
Representing the Ecowas Commission, Lola Osunlalu, Special Assistant to Ecowas Ambassador urged journalists to report the country a fair and objective manner which emboldens the truth. Mr. Osunlalu admonished the journalism community to work with the Weah Administration which has promised to protect free expression.
The last three PUL Media Alert Reports are now public and archived online for local and international consumption on www.pul.org.lr.