Empowering the Media ...Red Cross donates equipment to 14 radio stations

The Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has donated 14 digital cameras and 14 digital recorders to 14 community radio stations across the country.

Speaking Tuesday at a news conference held at the Headquarters of the National Society on Lynch Street, Red Cross Secretary General, Sayba Tamba said the intent of the donation is to enable the local media to report on humanitarian issues across the country.

According to her, when this is done, humanitarian issues affecting those in the interior parts of the country will be highlighted, thus allowing the necessary institutions like the Red Cross to take due action.

The LNRCS Secretary General further noted that the donation of the digital equipment follows a recent training conducted by the society for 14 reporters from 14 community radio stations in 14 counties.

She said after the training, the participants complained of lack of equipment in carrying out their raptorial duties, hence, the LNRCS was moved to empower them.

“These media institutions will be receiving these materials this week. The intention is for them to assist the National Society in profiling humanitarian needs across the country aimed at alerting those responsible to be able to respond in a timely manner,” She said.

Madam Tamba hopes that the equipment will be wisely utilized   by the direct beneficiaries.

In response, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) hailed the Red Cross for such gesture.

“The Press Union of Liberia is very much grateful for this initiative undertaken by the Liberian Red Cross. We are so grateful that you people thought on us the media,” said James Davis, who spoke   on behalf of the Press Union.

Mr. Davis said the contribution of the media in highlighting humanitarian needs can’t be overemphasized, noting that the collaboration between LNRCS and the PUL will go a long way.

He therefore urged other organizations to follow good example of the Red cross. He stressed that the media is a cardinal partner for the Red Cross in meeting the needs of humanity.

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