PUL Honors Several Journalists and Media Entities for Exceptional Performance as MPC’s Simeon Freeman Challenges the Media to Report Relevance over Irrelevance
The Political Leader of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change Simeon has challenged Liberian media to report relevance over irrelevance.
Serving at keynote speaker at the 2018/2019 Press Union of Liberia Annual Awards ceremony held at the Paynesville Town Hall on August 9, 2019, Mr. Freeman said it is about time for the media to highlight issues that are of paramount concern to the well-being of the Liberian people.
“Report on issues that will lift the people’s agenda to include: poverty eradication, Job Creation, Educational advancement and many others, Mr. Freeman added.
He encouraged the media to be more professional in the discharged of their duties void of interference or partisanship.
According to the Liberian Businessman there is also a need to reawaken the new dynamics of the media landscape of the Country for the common good of society.
The MPC leader at the same time warned his opposition colleagues to avoid insulting the president including government officials in the name of speaking truth to power, something he acknowledged that he was guilty of in the past regime.
However, he pointed that a very strong opposition is an asset to national development and should be welcomed in society.
He said an opposition who disagree with the ruling establishment on approaches to national development in a more constructive way must be Commended by the ruling party because it is part of a good democratic tenants.
Mr. Freeman then called on members of the opposition to proffer good recommendations to the ruling establishment in order to develop Liberia not to only sit on the fence and criticized without suggestions for the forward march of the Country.
He wants the CDC led government to also do more in helping to transform the lives of the people including the improvement of the Country’s economy.
Also speaking at the occasion was the President of the Press Union of Liberia Charles Coffey who thanked the government for the level of press freedom which the media is currently enjoying.
However, he urged the government to do more in order to give the Union some power or assistance to wheel out some bad and unprofessional apples from the good ones.
He wants proper consultation and or collaboration to be done between the PUL, LTA and MICAT in offering permit and or licenses to radio stations to operate in the Country.
Such procedure if followed, Mr. Coffey believes will help regulate and or control some of the unprofessional practices in the media landscape of Liberia.
He promised to in the coming annual awards event improve on the ceremony including gifts to deserving journalists and media entities.
This year’s ceremony saw honorees for the first time in recent years walking away with a quality plague than the traditional certificates.
The Paynesville City Hall later went wide and in a jubilant mood when the vetting committee of six headed by Horotio Bobby Willie who begun the announcement of names of deserving journalists and media entities for awards respectively.
The ceremony according to Mr. Willie saw over forty journalists and media entities winning awards including, Daily Observer as the Newspaper of the year, LNTV, Television station of the year, Prime Fm radio station of the year, KMTV online TV station of the year, Philip Wesseh won the all-time life achiever awards and Anthony Stephen of Power fm/tv Journalist of the year, including fifteen community radio stations that won awards in the community radio stations categories among others.
On the individual scene witnessed Fabien Kwiah of ELBC as best newscaster of the year, Christopher Walker of Front Page Africa as Sports Journalist of the year, Bettie Johnson Mbayo of Front page Africa as Gender Reporter of the year, Moses Garzeawu as Business Reporter of the year, Musa Kanneh of Truth Fm as legislative reporter of the year, Anthony Stephen of Power fm/tv as both investigative and Development reporter of the year, Julius Konton OF ELBC/LNTV as executive mansion reporter of the year and ELBC’s Grand Bassa County Correspondent Simpson Davies as Humanitarian reporter of the year among others.
The annual ceremony marks the end of the celebrations of the World Press Freedom Day which was officially held in Cestos City Rivercess County on May3, 2019.