The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) has applauded its sister organization, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) on the election of its new corps of officers, a release approved by its president Moses Sandy said yesterday.
President-elect Charles Coffey and his corps of officers were elected on Saturday, November 19, in Ganta, Nimba County, at the Union’s 5th Annual Congress.
In a recent telephone call to Mr. Coffey, ALJA’s National President Moses D. Sandy extended the Association’s best wishes to him and the other elected officers on their ascendency to the PUL leadership.
An ALJA release issued Monday, November 28, quoted Mr. Sandy as saying the Association looks forward to working with the new PUL leadership in sustaining the partial gains made in press freedom in Liberia, and prayed that both organizations will combine their resources in the fight against draconian laws that are impediments to the exercise of press freedom in Liberia.
He said ALJA foresees a cordial working relationship between the two organizations in seeking the welfare of local Liberian journalists with particular focus on improved salaries and fringe benefits such as medical insurance. Meanwhile, ALJA has praised the PUL’s outgoing President, Abdullai Kamara, for cementing the amiable relationship which subsists between the two organizations.
The Association said Kamara’s recent participation in its second annual convention held in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, demonstrates the PUL’s interest in working with ALJA in ensuring the participation of Diaspora Liberian journalists in matters regarding media development in Liberia.
ALJA is a conglomeration of Liberian journalists residing in the Americas. The organization was founded in 1998 in Washington, D. C., and seeks to foster companionship among its members. ALJA is also dedicated to the advancement of press freedom and the principle of good governance in Liberia.