River Gee To Host PUL on World Press Freedom Day

The Press Union of Liberia has said that in line with its decentralization policy, it has agreed for this year’s celebration of the World Press Freedom Day slated to be held in River Gee County on May 3, 2022.

 According to a press statement issued by PUL and signed by its Secretary General Musah Konneh, as part of this year’s observance, the Press Union of Liberia will be hosted by the officials & people of River Gee County under the theme “Journalism under Digital Siege”. The digital era’s impact on freedom of expression, the safety of journalists, access to information and privacy will be out for stakeholders review. 

 “World Press Freedom Day 2022 in Liberia is seeking to reignite conversions on ongoing works on of relevant stakeholders such as the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications, Center for Media Studies & Peacebuilding (CEMESP), Publishers Association of Liberia, Accountability Lab, iLab, Lonestar Cell/MTN Liberia, Orange Liberia, Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Liberia Business Association, Liberia Marketing Association, , cybersecurity practitioners, Liberia National Bar Association, Law Reform Commission, the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs & Tourism, Legislature and the Governance Commission are expected to join the Press Union of Liberia to explore means of informing a service oriented cybersecurity law which protects the ITC space for Liberia wherein personal data and privacy rights are separately defined to give journalism the impetus to thrive”, the release said.

The release further said the two Community Media Forums (CMFs) will be held as part of the celebration of World Press Freedom Day in River Gee County on land rights governance. These CMFs are the first in a series of community dialogues that will be held in rural communities on select governance issues including trafficking in persons and land rights.  The dialogues are intending to provide the medium for ordinary Liberians to communicate their livelihood to their leaders in Monrovia through town hall forums.    

“In this light, the PUL requests interested journalists and media workers who want to make the trip to River Gee to submit their names (no later than Monday, April 25), expressing their interests, to the Secretary General of the PUL via”, the release concluded.

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