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PUL President Coffey, VP Williams and others In A Joyous mood Following the lifting of the suspension PUL President Coffey, VP Williams and others In A Joyous mood Following the lifting of the suspension

PUL Membership Lifts VP’s Suspension - Backs Leadership Stance to Weed Out Bad Apples

Celebrations and political songs characterized what has been described as the timely decision by members of the Press Union of Liberia(PUL) after they unanimously voted to lift the suspension of I the Union Vice President Mr. Ocatavin Williams.

The decision by the professional body followed a formal communication written to the PUL by Journalist Williams in which he regretted and apologized for his 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, and therefore, it is time to dialogue and reconcile in the spirit of moving the Union forward.

The PUL VP, in a happy mood, praised his boss, President Charles B. Coffey. Jr.and the entire membership for the said timely decision taken in the common interest of the Union.

In remarks, President Coffey reiterated the Union’s decision to ensure full adherence to ethical standards, which he pointed out, remains irreversible.

Coffey thanked the membership of the PUL for supporting the leadership stance 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.

At the same time, the PUL President wants collaboration with other institutions, including the legislature to ensure the media remains safe and professional at all times.

He commended his deputy 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, Coffey said they have now reconstituted a nine-member committee headed by former PUL President Madam Elizabeth Hoff to help monitor media work and bring act of unprofessionalism under control.

Over 50 members of the PUL on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 attended the meeting and took what some media practitioners termed as a timely decision, ahead of the crucial PUL November Elections.

It can be recalled that about eight months ago, Williams was suspended by the entire membership of the PUL after he(Williams) took a unilateral decision, contrary to the Union’s agreed decision to suspend the membership of Information Minster Eugene Nagbe for his public statement which brought the Union’s into public disrepute.

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