PUL Distances Itself From MICAT’s Decision

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The  Press Union of Liberia (PUL) says it is not part and does not support the printing of new passes by  Deputy Information Minister for public affairs Eugene Fahngon.

The  PUL is urging journalists and Media workers across the country to go about their journalistic work with proper identification cards as required by the joint security.

The PUL in  a release  expressed  disapproval to the new directive of Deputy Minister Eugene Fahngon calling  for the cancellation of  current press  passes and the printing of new passes insolation with the PUL.

The  Union believes that Deputy Minister Fahngon  unilateral action perhaps is intended to selectively provide accreditation to certain Media outlets and deny other Media institutions. 

Press Union of Liberia President  Charles B Coffey Jr.  has termed as unrealistic ,and a calculated attempt by Deputy Information Minister Eugene Fahngon  to ignore the good work of the Media in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic across the country from the unset with out passes. 

Mr Coffey indicated that journalists have been trained to disseminate factual information about the virus thus taking  some members of the public from the denial stage to the realities of the pandemic. 

He said the Media continued to play a pivotal role in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic despite the economic hardship  being experienced by the media practitioners. 

According to him, journalists don’t need new passes to  inform and educate the public about the Coronavirus pandemic and urged the Information Ministry to redirect the money for the printing of new passes to Strengthening the capacity of the Media. 

Meanwhile, the Press Union of Liberia wants stronger solidarity between and among journalists and Media institutions in the difficult times of the nation’s history. 

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Alphonso Toweh Alphonso has  been in the profession for over twenty years. He has worked for many international media outlets including: West Africa Magazine, Africa Week Magazine, African Observer and did occasional reporting for CNN, BBC World Service, Sunday Times, NPR, Radio Deutchewells, Radio Netherlands. He is the current correspondent for Reuters. Mr. Toweh holds first MA with honors in International Relations and a candidate for second master in International Peace studies and Conflict Resolution.
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