PUL President Mr. Charles B. Coffey PUL President Mr. Charles B. Coffey

PUL President Warns Journalists to Be “Conflict Sensitive”

MONROVIA,LIBERIA -In the wake of growing tensions and violence across the country ahead of the Special Senatorial Election, the President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Mr. Charles B. Coffey, has warned Liberian journalists to be “conflict sensitive” in carrying out their reportorial duties.

The Special Senatorial Election is slated for December 8, 2020. Coffey’s latest statement comes following the flogging of one of its members Omaska Jallah in Grand Cape Mount County, while carrying out his reportorial duty. Reporter Jallah of the News Newspaper, who is now nursing a head injury, got wounded during a political gathering in Western Liberia. Speaking to our Reporter, the PUL President cautioned journalists, especially during these crucial political periods to be very careful in covering political rallies and other election related activities across the country, noting that “there is no news worth dying for.”

“ Do not risk your lives, be careful, there are indicators of violence, try to avoid it,” he emphasized to his members. At the same time, the PUL boss challenged the National Elections Commission (NEC) to step up to their game and ensure they erect the necessary check-points, adding that there are too much political tensions and violence across the country and they need to be brought under control soon. “Do not wait to declare campaign open before you institute the relevant measures,” Coffey urged the NEC. He also called on the government to ensure the safety of journalists at all times.

According to him, in order to reduce the tensions and violence in the country, President George Manneh Weah needs to take some drastic decision making reference to the implementation of the report from the recent Grand Gedeh County violence. “Let the President act now or else the people will blame him for the ongoing political violence and tensions in the country,” he stated. He then used the occasion to encourage all journalists to refrain from unprofessional reportage, but to remain balanced and ethical in their journalistic work at all times. “Do away with partisan journalism, fake news and hit messages, among others,” he added

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