…To PUL Headquarter Project
House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay has reaffirmed the Legislature’s commitment to place money in the National Budget for the construction of a headquarters of the Press Union of Liberia and to provide capacity building for journalists across the country.
Speaker Nuquay made the reaffirmation Friday March 17, 2017 when he addressed the Edward Wilmot Blyden Intellectual Forum of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) at the YMCA Auditorium on Broad Street.
It can be recalled that upon his ascendency as Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Margibi District #5 representative made a solemn pledge to include the Press Union of Liberia in the country’s national budget under the media partnership pillar of his leadership.
During his deliberation at the Forum, Speaker Nuquay said, “When the media persistently report bad news about our country and ignore the good ones, it scares away investors but when they report objectively and in a balanced way, it portrays a good image of our country and attracts investment to Liberia.”
The House Speaker said, he strongly disagrees with those who believe that providing funding for the construction of the PUL headquarters and training opportunities for journalists will coward the media to submit to the whims and caprices of the government.
The Liberian Speaker said research has shown that some countries with the freest press in the world including the United States, United Kingdom and Sweden usually provide direct or indirect funding to their media but this does not stop them from reporting objectively.
In a passionate tone, Speaker Nuquay said: “We are not asking for a favorable reporting or public relations. We are not asking you to cover up for us when we go wrong. All we are asking for is an accurate and balanced reporting which is responsible journalism. This kind of reporting strengthens our resolve to review our actions and compels us to correct our missteps.”
According to Speaker Nuquay the inclusion of the Press Union in this year’s budget for the first time in our nation’s history will be a milestone achievement towards strengthening our democracy. “We hope the media will see this as an opportunity for active participation in our governance process,” he emphasized.