PUL Ends WPFD Celebration

PUL Ends WPFD Celebration

By Agnes M. Tarr

Members of the Press Union of Liberia joined journalists across the world to celebrate World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday, May 3 2018. The celebration was held in Harper City, Maryland County as part of an effort to decentralize the union’s activities across the country.

The celebration began with a parade of journalists along with students through Harper’s major streets, followed by an indoor program at the Harper City Hall, where the President of the press Union of Liberia, Mr. Charles B. Coffey, said the decision to bring this year’s WPFD celebration to Maryland reflects the reality that no part of the country can go forward without the others.

He said journalists in Liberia cannot be successful at reporting on development if the issues are largely about politics in Monrovia, stressing that there are parts of Liberia that remain isolated and their issues are not reported.

“Compatriots! We can never communicate decentralization when we in the media refuse to live it, so the selection of Maryland as the venue of this year’s 2018 WPFD celebration conveys the idea that the observance of such international day should at all times include real-life reportage of conditions about education, agricultural, health and other issues affecting our society in all parts of the country” Coffey noted.

He at the same time cautions all media practitioners to report the truth, respect the rights of others, and work for the greater good of humanity.

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated May 3 every year to raise awareness on the importance of press freedom and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the Freedom of Expression Law adopted at the 26 Sessions of the UNESCO General Conference in 1991.

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