September 23, 2020
All Members of the Press Union of Liberia
44 Clay Street, Monrovia
The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) is delighted to announce activities and obligations aligned with the celebration of its 56th Anniversary slated for Tubmanburg, Grand Bassa County. Founded in Monrovia on September 30, 1964, the PUL is the umbrella organization serving Liberian media professionals and institutions. With a membership base of more than 1,000 journalists across the country, the PUL has oversight responsibility for addressing problems arising from journalists’ reportage and conduct in the face of the ever-growing demand for quality and good taste in addition to its foremost mandate of advocating for the protection of journalists.
To add more significance to the celebration of the 56th Anniversary of the Union, We are turning the focus on the protection of journalists ahead and during the pending Special Senatorial elections. The sticks are high and already many of our colleagues have been brutalized. We as journalists should use our celebrations to ramp up calls for the protection of journalists by the Weah-led Administration during the elections.
Meanwhile, the midterm senatorial elections are being aligned with a referendum on select sections of the Liberian, it is still an important question as to how much do the journalism community in Liberia know about the proposed referendum to help educate the public on the intricacies of the propositions. What the nation stands to benefit if the amendments are made and losses incurred, or if the propositions are rejected? To stimulate these discussions and take a position, the PUL is inviting all its auxiliaries, media executives, reporters and friends of the media to the PUL anniversary commemoration in Tubmanburg, Bomi County from 28th to 30th September 2020 at the City Hall.
Monday, September 28, 2020- Forum on increasing wave journalists participation in politics; Special Edition of the Edward Wilmot Blyden Forum: The lecture will feature aspirants for the senatorial seat of Bomi County in the ensuing 2020 Mid-term elections
Tuesday, September 29, 2020- Symposium on Referendum & validation of Elections Reporting Guide for Journalists; Symposium on Referendum to help the media understand;
Wednesday, September 30, 2020- Parade: Parade through the principal streets of Tubmanburg to give visibility to the Press Union of Liberia and allow the community see some of the nation’s top journalists
Official Indoor Program: Official program marking the celebration will take place right after the parade during which the keynote will be delivered. Solidarity greetings will also be read at the event.
In this respect, the 2020 PUL Anniversary Committee is requiring all journalists desirous of making the trip to Tubmanburg, Bomi County to make the modest payment of five United States (U$5). Senior professionals like managers, publishers, editors, communication officers and media development practitioners are to pay ten (U$10). The stipulated fees are in recognition of the financial difficulties currently facing the nation.
The amount will contribute to the organization of activities set aside to mark the commemoration of the 56th Anniversary of the Press Union of Liberia. T-shirts will be ready on Friday, 25th September 2020. The PUL highly appreciates your usual support.
Thanks very kindly.
Daniel Nyakonah, Jr.