By Janjay F. Campbell
A group of Liberian journalists has begun a campaign to remove the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) President, AbdullaiKamara.
The move by the group of journalists is predicated upon the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information and the Press Union of Liberia.
Reading the statement yesterday at the Press Union office, FabineKwiah noted that signing the Memorandum of Understanding, Mr. Kamara has subjected media institutions in the country to government control and regulation in line with a 1980 military decree designed for the suppression of the independent media.
“In the same Memorandum of Understanding of 22 October, 2014, Mr. Kamara unconstitutionally, unconventionally and unilaterally committed the media to the government’s Ebola policy regardless of its nature, thus denying room for critique and investigation for the greater good of the society, ” she stated.
Ms. Kwiah further read, “Mr. Kamara’s action and decision to sign the said MOU has reinforced the government’s repressive media agenda, darkening the already fragile media economy, now that the Ministry of Information is demanding registration payments from media houses as precondition for operation”.
She noted, “Though media institutions as businesses pay to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and taxes to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and membership and professional dues to the PUL, such troubling situation and condition invited upon the media by Mr. Kamara has the propensity to financially suffocate media houses”.
According to the statement, Mr. Kamara’s ludicrous utterances and defense of the MOU which does not address the issue of state crime against journalists and media institutions is groundless since the present government took office.
“In view of the above mentioned references and as a concrete manifestation of our resolved to save the sacred image and independence of the Fourth Estate, prevent the murdering of our democracy by reactionary and anti democratic forces, hereby resolve that Mr. K. AbdullaiKamara be immediately removed as President of the Press Union of Liberia,” she concluded.