The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Senator Seeks Budgetary Support for PUL

If all goes well, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) may for the first time benefit from the national cake in the 2014/2015 national budgetary allotment.

Montserrado County Senator, Geraldine Doe-Sherif, yesterday wrote a communication appealing to members of the Senate to consider including an initial allotment of US$300,000 as subsidy aimed at helping the Union to carry out its activities.

In her communication, Senator Doe-Sherif pointed out that during the celebration of World Press Freedom Day held recently in Gbarpolu County, the PUL called on the legislature as direct representatives of the people to see reason for budgetary support as the institution strives for media development and the protection of peace that everyone enjoys today.

Senator Doe-Sherif who serves as member of the Ways, Means and Finance Committee argued that support to the PUL will not be strange to the world as in 2009; the United States government spent over US$1 billion dollars to support commercial news with tax breaks inclusive.

The CDC Senator expressed optimism that her colleagues will give their blessings to her request as she looks forward to a more vibrant Liberian media void of intimidation and suppression even in the wake of support.

After the communication was read, Margibi County Senator, Cleric Jah, made a motion that the communication should be turned over to the Senate Committee on Ways, Means and Finance, for advice.

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