In the wake of multiple unprofessional attacks, practices and or reportage observed across the Country by some journalists, the Press Union of Liberia has sounded a strong warning to wheel-out unprofessional apples from among the professional ones in Liberia.
According to the President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Charles Coffey the media council is now under serious mandate and or obligation to compel all journalists to conform to best international practices including ethical standards or take the exit door.
Mr. Coffey said it is time that media practitioners do the right thing and desist from yellow journalism, blackmailing including unethical transgression.
He said their focus is not to shut down media institutions but to ensure the proper things are down in the best interest of protecting the peace and the space in which Liberians are enjoying.
The PUL boss said series of measures are in place to help ensure that Liberian media get on path with its international counterparts.
There are plans he indicated to meet up with politicians who own media institutions for the sole purpose of making the profession a better one, he added.
“There are media entities who are owned by politicians and are polluting the sector, at the same time, there are some who are doing their best to lift up to professional standards”, Coffey told our reporter Monday.
He attributed the problem to the that lack of training as well as intentional behavior on the part of some media entities, something he said will be address in the coming days and years.
More collaboration and frantic efforts are needed to ensure the process is realized, said Charles Coffey.
Mr. Coffey also encouraged the Ministry of Information, the Liberia Telecommunications Authority and other relevant entities to see the need to help them in the effective implementation of the regulations.
In a drive to address such, the PUL head said a memorandum of understanding is in the making to help drive the process forward.
In a related development, Gbarnga Bong County has been identified as the venue for this year’s PUL anniversary celebrations.
According to Mr. Coffey, an eleven-member committee headed by Edwin Genoway has been set up to organize the program.
He said indoor and outdoor activities including sports and entertainment as well as forum and the main program will characterize the anniversary celebrations.
Mr. Coffey said the program is part of the PUL’s decentralization initiative.