“Media Subjected to Unjustified Attacks from Several Sources”

first_imgThe President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Abdullai K. Kamara, said in spite of efforts by the institution to regulate itself, Liberian media continues to be “subjected to unjustified attacks from several sources,” which he claimed has hampered the free press in Liberia.At a press conference in Monrovia, Mr. Kamara said worse and increasingly in our society are the multi-million-dollar lawsuits being filed against journalists and media houses, referencing the US$4 million lawsuit against Journalist Octavin Williams, for allegedly injuring the reputation of businessman, Tony Lawal.Mr. Kamara explained that in line with the civil lawsuit, Williams is obliged to produce a US$400,000 bond to secure his release from further pretrial detention. “This is punishment before judgment since it would arguably be difficult for even the President of Liberia to meet the accumulative value of Journalist Octavin Williams’ bond fee.”He said many of the lawsuits filed against journalists are built in a fashion to jail the accused, adding that these kinds of suits are actually not intended to seek justice, but to silence the journalists or media into submission.“We are not preventing people from taking recourse to the law, but we also do not believe that court actions should be unreasonable, making it impossible for people to have confidence in the court as a forum to gain justice. We must all agree that if people do not confide in the courts of law, they might be considering other options to secure justice,” Mr. Kamara stressed.Despite the challenges, he said the PUL remains supportive of efforts including the passage of laws and the provision of facilities that strengthen opportunities for journalists to have access to information from various sources within the country and across the world.“We are still determined to have the government abide by its declared commitments to decriminalize media offenses.”He added, “In the last several weeks, the PUL had the unpleasant duty of instituting fines and suspensions on some of it own members, and will not hesitate to add others to this list when they operate in unsavory ways.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Van Dijk house hunting after landlord Solskjaer lands Utd job

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk © AFP/File / Christof StacheLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 28 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as the permanent manager of Manchester United is set to leave Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk looking for a new home.Solskjaer has revealed he and his family plan to live in the house he started building 12 years ago after signing a three-year contract as Old Trafford boss. The Norwegian, according to reports, has been renting out the house to Dutch defender Van Dijk, a cornerstone of United’s great rivals, who are battling Manchester City for the Premier League title.“We’ve really enjoyed the last eight years living in Norway,” former United striker Solskjaer said in an interview with MUTV.“It’s going to be a change for them but we’re looking forward to it.“The six months that we agreed on (when initially taking the job on until the end of the season) as a family we agreed to do it separately as there was no need to move them over. That’s gone now. Now we’re moving together.“We built a house, or I started it in 2007, but finally maybe in 2019 we can move into it — that’s long planning.”Solskjaer, who has overseen 14 wins from his 19 games in caretaker charge, put the five-bedroom property on the market after he returned to Norway to manage Molde.But he failed to find a buyer for his house, and reportedly rented it out to Van Dijk, meaning Solskjaer has had to stay at the Lowry Hotel in the city centre.The Lowry was where Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho lived during his two-and-a-half years in Manchester before his dismissal in December.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more