Liberian journalist, Abdullai Kamara, has announced his intention to contest the presidency of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) at the union’s 2nd National Congress in November 2013.
In a statement issued in Monrovia yesterday, Kamara based his decision on a need to complement efforts of colleagues within the PUL to strengthen media solidarity in defense of a free and responsible press in Liberia.
Kamara recalled that press leadership in Liberia is as daunting today as it has always been in Liberian history, but added that addressing this will require a complete rethink of leadership terms and practices to be grounded in fraternity, solidarity, partnership and responsibility.
He said his candidacy simply reaffirms his beliefs in and advocacy for a free press as a fundamental partner to the sustenance of democratic governance and development in Liberia.
Kamara, a long standing journalist and media development specialist , added that his candidacy is based on his courage and capacity to stand up to these challenges, and pledged to utilize his managerial experiences from previous roles to develop mutually rewarding partnerships with other sectors of the society to accomplish this task.
Mr. Kamara has meanwhile announced that he will announce a Strategy and Advisory Team to drive the candidacy once the Congress committee announces its timeline.
Kamara has successfully managed numerous media development programs and is among the publishers/editors of the Monitor Newspaper in Monrovia. His previous experience has been with the
Liberia News Agency (LINA), the News Newspaper , Liberia Media Center and the Center for Media Studies & Peace Building (CEMESP).