Celebrations and political songs characterized the timely decision by members of the Press Union of Liberia after they unanimous voted to lift the suspension of its Vice President Ocatavin Williams on Tuesday at the Union’s headquarters on Clay Street in Monrovia.
The decision by the professional body followed a communication written to the PUL by Mr. Williams in which he regretted and apologize his recent action against the PUL.
According to him and through his communication, the PUL is a fraternity that should foster on the path of unity and reconciliation as such it is time to dialogue and reconcile in the spirit of moving the Union forward.
The PUL VP in a happy mood praised President Charles Coffey and the entire membership for the said timely decision taken in the common interest of the Union.
In remarks the President of the Press Union of Liberia Charles Coffey reiterated the Union’s decision to ensure full adherence to ethical standards which he pointed out remains irreversible.
Mr. Coffey thanked the membership of the PUL for supporting the leadership stands to wheel out bad apples from the profession.
He again condemned hate speech in the strongest term including the numerous invectives on radio stations in Liberia and called for an end to profanity.
The PUL president at the same time wants collaboration with other institutions including the legislature to ensure the media remains save and professional at all times.
He commended Mr. Williams for the level of apology to the Union as well as his willingness to withdraw the case from the court something he noted is a good sign for the forward march of unity and reconciliation in the Union.
As part of ensuring seriousness to their quest, The PUL boss said they have now reconstituted a nine-member committee headed by former PUL President Elizabeth Hoff to help monitor media work and bring act of unprofessionalism under control.
Over fifty members of the PUL today attended the meeting and took what some media practitioners termed as a timely decision ahead of the crucial November Elections.
It can be recalled that Mr. Williams was suspended by the entire membership of the PUL about eight months ago after taken a unilateral decision contrary to the Union’s agreed decision to suspend its member Information Minster, Eugene Nagbe for his public statement which brought the Union’s into public disrepute.