PUL Membership Affirms Leadership Action Against Hate Speech

PUL President, Charles Cuffey

The Leadership of the Press Union of Liberia has been mandated to institute further actions aimed at curtailing hate speech, invective and profanities on some Media institutions in the Country.

The PUL Leadership has been urged to collaborate with the National Legislature and other relevant State institutions in proffering legislation and policy that will enable the PUL by law to compel all Media institutions to conform to Journalistic Principles, PUL Code of Ethics and Societal Norms.

The decision was reached at the mass membership meeting held at the PUL headquarters on Tuesday, October 08, 2019.

The PUL membership decision was as a result of a Unanimous vote reaffirming the leadership recent Statement against hate speech and invective.

The Membership earlier frowned on both Freedom F.M and Roots F.M as unwarranted, unbecoming and total disregard to ethical standards and Societal Norms.

The Membership maintained if nothing is done to remedy the increasing wave of invectives and profanities in the Media, the consequences may lead to the case of Rwanda.

Meanwhile, Members of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) have with immediate effect lifted the suspension of Vice President Octavian Williams.  Mr.  Williams was suspended by his colleagues last December for act inimical to the PUL.

The ban was lifted during a mass meeting at the headquarters of the Union Tuesday, October 8 2019 following a communication from Mr. Williams pleading for reconciliation with the mother Journalists body, PUL.

In his communication to the Union Mr. Williams says he has also withdrawn a lawsuit issued against the PUL when he was suspended.

The PUL Vice President said “he has realized that our role as watch dogs of society and the mandate to uphold Press freedom and free speech cannot be actualized with a divided house”.

Mr. Williams was suspended along with Information Minister Eugene Nagbe but Minister Nagbe suspension was lifted following an apology in less than two weeks.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.