Publishers Association Demands NPA MD to settle Media debts, Or…..

The Publishers Association of Liberia (PAL) has issued an ultimatum to the Managing Director of the National Ports Authority (NPA) Bill Tweahway to liquidate all outstanding arrears with some media houses over the period under review or risk being slapped with severe consequences

In a press release issued yesterday. April 17, 2022, PAL said the NPA boss has refused to settle his indebtedness to a number of media houses   for  over three years,  after performing  legitimate media related services  for the port  despite several promises made and discussions held with it.

PAL said it sees the action of the NPA management as a deliberate attempt to strangulate and further increase  hardship on the media. The NPA owes a minimum amount to the media.

“PAL believes the delay in settling media payments could lead to souring the already cordial relations  between the government and the media.

 “We think the attitude of Mr. Tweahway is deliberate and an affront to the already struggling media landscape. We cannot do legitimate work for his entity and time to pay, you and your team start to play games with the media. This is unacceptable,” Mr. Othello Garblah, president of PAL said.

The release said PAL is therefore demanding in the strongest terms for the NPA boss to settle all media debts or else it would take   any legal and professional action for the betterment of the media. Some of the payments have lasted over three years and NPA has admitted to owing a number of media houses.

“We do not want to have any indirect confrontation with the government due to the inability or refusal to pay media debts.  We are calling on the president, George Weah, to prevail on his appointed  official to settle   these payments.  You cannot tell me that NPA  is broke and unable to pay  its obligations,” Mr. Garblah further said.

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