The leadership of the Press Union of Liberia or PUL led by president Abdullai Kamara has paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, assuring the Liberian Leader that the PUL remains an active member of the National Taskforce on Ebola, and is playing its role , but with very limited support and resources.
Speaking Friday in the meeting with President Sirleaf, Kamara pointed out that the Ebola virus outbreak is affecting every sphere of the media landscape with newsprints and advertisement running low.
“The Union is also concerned about freedom and rights issues during the outbreak and is prepared to work with government to address outstanding freedom and right issues concerning the media,” he emphasized. He used the opportunity to raise the issue about the closure of the National Chronicle newspaper and support for community radio stations across the country.
Mr. Kamara thanked President Sirleaf for accepting to meet with them and the effort government is making thus far in trying to contain the further spread of the Ebola virus disease in the country. Responding, President Sirleaf welcomed continuous engagement with civil society groups such as the PUL and others on a routine basis.
She agreed with the PUL that community radio stations must be supported to enable them play their role during this critical health crisis in the country. The President urged the media not to heighten fears among Liberians and the international community by their reportage, adding that, it hurts the country and the ongoing fight.
President Sirleaf informed the PUL that the issue of the National Chronicle is before the court and will be resolved within that context. The PUL delegation included its president, Abdullai Kamara; vice president, Jallah Grayfield; secretary general, D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh; and assistant secretary general, Daniel Nyankona.