For Ebola Awareness, 132 Media Houses Receive Fuel Supplement

Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has distributed 3,900 gallons of fuel to 132 media institutions across the country to enhance their capacity in creating public awareness, carrying out education and reporting on the deadly Ebola outbreak.
The PUL said in the face of high economic realities and huge indebtedness to the media, the donation provided minimum production and broadcast support for media entities, the PUL said in a release issued in Monrovia on Wednesday.
Fifty three (53) community radio stations in all 15 counties, 31 urban radio stations in the greater Montserrado County, 48 newspapers and seven television stations received gasoline coupons.
The PUL expressed appreciation for the role the media has played so far during the Ebola outbreak by printing and broadcasting messages and stories on the national emergency. “This underscores the need for every Liberian to contribute to the cause of Liberia, whenever the need arises,” PUL President K. Abdullai Kamara said.
Meanwhile the PUL has lauded the Liberian Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) and the Grand Coalition of Liberian Organizations (GRANDCOLIO) for making the donation possible.
The LPRC, through its Managing Director T. Nelson Williams, contributed 2,500 gallons for newspapers, televisions and urban radio stations, while the Coalition of Professional Organizations, through its head Maxwell Kemayan donated 1,400 gallons for community radio stations throughout the country.
“In this period of serious national emergency that is claiming lives at every level, this is the kind of valuable and cherished partnership the PUL and the Liberian media need,” Kamara said.
Kamara said “the issue about Ebola is everybody’s business as the virus doesn’t pick and choose.”
He said empowering the media to create public awareness and update information about the outbreak and preventive measures is the most commendable gesture the media and the Liberian people appreciate.
The PUL said it looks up for more support, protection and free space to the media in this critical national period as journalists keep on relentlessly reporting on the Ebola situation.

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