PUL: “We are Seriously Disturbed by Constant Death Threats against FPA Management”

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The Press Union of Liberia says it is seriously disturbed with the wave of threats and intimidations being melted at staff of FrontPage Africa Newspaper.

The Union’s President Charles Coffey said it takes seriously any act of harassment and molestation against the practice of Journalism in Liberia.

Mr. Coffey said the PUL will not accept any act that has the tendency to undermine the independence of the Liberian Media.

“We will not accept any form of harassment, intimidation and molestation against any journalist for freely doing his or her work especially with facts” he stressed.

He stressed that the union is deeply troubled especially threats coming from people believed to be Dillon Supporters.

“Once the story has facts, balanced and fair like in the case of Senator Dillon it is worrisome for his supporters or whoever to begin to go against Journalists” Coffey stressed.

Coffey maintained that is totally intolerable that journalists will be threatened or intimated for doing their professional job.

“It is unacceptable, they need to desist now, rethink and re-strategize and make sure they and their leaders move in the right direction” he cautioned.

He said given the critical nature of the media, it should be seem as a pace setter and not a praise singer to any individual or political institution.

Meanwhile, Mr. Coffey said the Union is employing every measure to ensure that relevant authorities intervene in the ongoing threats and intimidations against the FPA management.

He furthered that the Union is working with relevant Government institutions to ensure that investigations are speedily done into complaints coming from FPA Rodney Sieh.

Recently, the Managing Editor of FrontPage Africa Rodney Sieh complaint of death threats against him and his staff since exposing the lies spewed by Senator Darius Dillion on his rent trip to the US.

Journalist Sieh said the Dillon lied news broke up; he has continued to receive death threats from people believed to be pro-Dillon.

Mr. Sieh said the threats and intimidations are alarming and he has since complained to relevant Government institutions including the Press Union of Liberia.

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My name is Emmanuel TJ Kollie, a young and aspiring multimedia journalist with over five years of practical experience in journalism. As a young journalist, Emmanuel holds a Diploma and several certificates in journalism from the Peter Quaqua School of Journalism and other reputable institutions in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Eman is currently working as a reporter and Television news anchor at KMTV. Kollie is also a part-time lecturer at Peter Quaqua School of Journalism lecturing in Political Journalism. In 2018 young Emmanuel was among scores of Liberian journalists who participated in a month-long training in conventional and Development reporting at Search of Common Ground Talking Drum Studio in Freetown, Sierra Leone. For the last few years journalist, Kollie has reported and continues to report on a variety of issues such as politics, economic, human rights issues, agriculture, etc. Journalist Emmanuel can be reached via emmanueltjk@gmail.com +231770567764

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