The Press Union of Liberia has acknowledged the apology by The Front Page Africa Newspaper to Ms. Matilda Parker, but condemns the paper for the distasteful comments that appeared in its publication of May 23rd 2013.
While welcoming the paper’s courage to explicitly demonstrate remorse, the PUL calls on the paper to be internally vigilant in eliminating all forms of abuses in their publication, whether online or in print.
A PUL release quotes the paper as saying, “We have apologized to Ms. Parker for some of the comments, which inadvertently appeared in our print edition last week and are apologizing here again today, not only to Ms Parker but to the women of Liberia who are feeling insulted, betrayed and angry…,”.
The Union urges journalists to work at all times to maintain the reputation of the media as the custodian of the public trust and guide against acts that will characterize it as abuser of human dignity.
“The Union recognizes admission of guilt as a professionalism obligation; however, it should be said that insults have no space in the media whether against a woman or man, but journalists should particularly be carefully about the sensitivity of women and negative stereotyping against them; I therefore join the Management of Front Page in saying sorry to the Port Manager,” Union President Peter Quaqua asserted.