The Press Union of Liberia or PUL, will today, Friday, convene two days mini congress in Monrovia to report on its programs. The congress kicks off at the Capitol Hill Campus of the University of Liberia.
According to a press release, the constitution of the Press Union of Liberia requires the holding of a Mini Congress at the end of the Union’s fiscal year.
The occasion provides an opportunity for the PUL leadership to report to the membership on progress and financial standing of the body. However, due to the Ebola outbreak plus logistical constraints, the event had been delayed.
The Country Director for Action Aid Liberia, Korto Williams, is expected to deliver the keynote address and launch the Union’s three-year Strategic Direction during the opening ceremony of the congress.
Scores of local and international guests, including representatives of diplomatic missions and government officials are expected to join at least 200 journalists from across the country for the formal opening ceremony.
At this year’s Congress, the PUL will also hold a special discussion on the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which seeks the welfare and wellbeing of journalists working with media houses.
The Union will then present the first report of its ongoing media monitoring program which will point out ethical and professional issues in the Liberian media.
The Congress will also feature a number of initiatives, including the launch of the OSIWA-sponsored Media Monitoring Program; a review of the media ethics monitoring program supported by the National Endowment for Democracy; discussions on the Freedom of Information Law; among other issues supportive of media, democracy and development in Liberia.
The exercise will further entail several working sessions, wherein journalists will be provided latest updates on various issues related to media, as well as the ramifications on democracy and development in Liberia.