8 August 2018

Liberia: PUL's President Vows to Punish Journalists Who Criticize Financial Report

The Press Union of Liberia says criticism meted against its financial report is a deliberate falsehood and a misrepresentation of material facts.

According to a press statement issued on Sunday, August 5, 2018, the Union insists that all records of spending compiled and presented to the membership constitutes legitimate expenditures approved by donors.

The Union clarifies that at no time did it control a quarter of a million United States dollars as alleged by some elements of the media.

Press Union of Liberia President, Charles B. Coffey, Jr. asserts that all funds provided by donors were done consistent with standards and operating procedures provided the grantee (Press Union of Liberia) and by grant making organizations.

The Charles B. Coffey, Jr. Administration at the Press Union of Liberia has implemented since its incumbency activities-based projects from reputable grant making organizations including Internews- United States Aid for International Development (USAID), UNDP through the Liberia Peacebuilding Office, Ecowas and UNESCO.

Meanwhile, the Press Union of Liberia is calling on those of its members engage in deliberate falsehood against Union should immediately desist or face the consequences of the Union's Code of Ethics & Constitution

"Organizations like the Press Union of Liberia survives on its brand or reputation and for a journalist and or group of journalists to portray its financial report as a mere collection of funds and deliberately ignored activities implemented in the absence of technical financial expertise is sickening and undermines our collective professional capacity", Press Union of Liberia President, Charles B. Coffey, Jr.

The Union warns that while it encourages criticisms of its financial reports, willfully misrepresenting the facts contained therein amounts to not being truthful, and in total disregard for the very principles of ethical journalism. It is professionally right that we speak to organizations which provided grants for the Press Union of Liberia to inform us more on our public deportment to avoid hunting the image of the Union, the PUL stressed.

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