The newly installed President of the Publisher Association of Liberia or PAL Othello Banabas Garblah calls on members of the Association to work together for the improvement of the publishing business in the country.
Speaking Friday, 11 May following his induction as President of PAL along with Publisher Sam O. Dean of The INDEPENDENT Newspaper as Vice President, Mr. Garblah specifically stresses the need to improve quality and content of newspapers being published here for the reading public.
Mr. Garblah automatically succeeds Mr. Philibert Browne of the Hot Pepper Newspaper, who resigned his post as president. The New Dawn boss cites some of the many challenges facing the industry, including lack of newsprint, lack of adequate newsstands across the country to improve circulation, and payment of a US$50.00 monthly due by all PAL members, among others.
“We need an organization that is attracted to the public”, Garblah underscored. Earlier performing the official induction at the offices of the New Dawn Newspaper on Crown Hill, Broad Street in Monrovia, Attorney Nyan Gbeintor urges the Association to serves as gatekeeper for factual reporting, saying, “A lot of people in Liberia take what is in the newspaper as law and gospel.”
Atty. Gbeintor notes that the media has a great responsibility in helping to positively shape the society.He expresses confidence in the new PAL leadership and believes the government has a lot to achieve by working with the leadership. He cautions the Association to speak with one voice in order to maintain its credibility, and personally pledges to donate one computer for the enhancement of its activities.
The ceremony was graced by several media executives, including the Publisher of the ANALYST, Stanley Seckor, Alphonso Toweh of the New REPUBLIC, Mohammed Kanneh of The HERITAGE, former President of the Press Union of Liberia James Kiazulu, and the incumbent Vice President of the Press Union of Liberia Octavious Williams, among others.
Both Messers Kiazulu and Williams note that PAL is important as the Press Union itself, and is the only media organization that has the authority to cite the PUL to a meeting.
-Story by Jonathan Browne