PAL Threatens Media Block-out Against NEC, UNDP
PAL said this unwarranted delay by the NEC/UNDP to make prompt payment is causing serious financial problem, which has the propensity to undermine the capacity of these media institutions to provide adequate coverage for the 2005 election process.
The publishers of newspapers said they are constrained to take appropriate actions which would also include a news block-out on the National Election Commission and the United Nations Development Program as Wednesday, September 21, 2005 in order to ensure immediate payment.
The Association is calling on all newspapers operating in the country to adhere to the many planned actions intended to pressurize NEC to settle its indebtedness
Publishers have also observed a scheme devised by some UN agencies and international organizations including UNMIL to circumvent and undermine the new advertising rates thereby imposing their own rate at the detriment of the media in Liberia.
The new price structures were adopted following several considerations including the high cost of printing and materials, and a sincere effort to improve media content and conditions of journalists.