PUL Shocked Over Government’s Decision – As Punch FM Cries Foul.
The Press Union of Liberia is careful that this could be the reintroduction of the old Sirleaf Administration tactics employed to intimidate section of the media in Liberia into silence.
Two radio stations remained shut down after a crackdown successfully executed by the government under the guise of tax collection enforcement during the Sirleaf regime.
The Press Union insists that media pluralism and critical voices must be embraced as the bedrock of the growing Liberian Democracy and at the same time advice against the selective application of the law and machinations aimed at restricting participation in the media industry.
These actions profile Liberia in an unfortunate manner internationally, the PUL lamented, noting that administrative decision must always consider the greater good of the public.
Meanwhile, the Press Union of Liberia is calling on all media institutions concerned to act within the confines of the law as it is engaging authorities at the very top of government to end the impasse.
But Former LBS Deputy Director General for Broadcast Patrick Honnah has expressed concern over Government’s latest move to regulate the licenses of media institutions in the country.
Mr. Honnah who is the head of soon to be PUNCH FM told a local radio station in Monrovia Tuesday that government’s regulation comes barely days after his institution was announced to the public, something he believed is a calculated attempt to get at him.
According to him, PUNCH FM has alerted their legal team on the situation adding that it is unfair for the government to introduce a regulation that he believes is squarely aimed at a particular institution.
But in response, Deputy Information Minister Eugene Fahngon said the government is proceeding rightly to regulate the airspace and has not offended any individual as claimed by Mr. Honnah.