ALJA Remembers Fallen Liberian Journalists

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The Interim Leadership of the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) has described the recent deaths of three Liberian journalists as “unfortunate and irreparable”.
The deceased journalists, Zoegar Jaynes, Setonneh Wiah, and Slewon T. Toe passed in November of last year in Monrovia, Liberia. According to family sources, the late Jaynes, Wiah, and T. Toe died as a result of various medical complications.
The late Jaynes was a former employee of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS). He worked as reporter, newscaster, and sports commentator. He was also, a former reporter of the Catholic owned Radio Veritas. The late Wiah was an ex-Kru Vernacular Announcer at the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT). He also, worked at the defunct Star Radio in similar capacity.
The late T. Toe was a former Television Reporter and News Anchor at MICAT. Prior to his death, he worked at the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) as Assistant Public Relations Manager.
Speaking Tuesday, January 6, 2015 via telephone to the President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Abdullai Kamara and representatives of the Wiah families at the PUL Headquarters in Monrovia, ALJA Acting Chairman Moses D. Sandy said the Association was “deeply saddened by the tragedies”.
Mr. Sandy paid homage to the fallen broadcasters for the magnificent services they rendered their country and the journalism profession in the dissemination of public information. He expressed ALJA’s condolences to the PUL and the families of the deceased for the losses suffered.
“Your husbands, fathers, uncles, and relatives were fine gentlemen, who brought pride to Liberia and the journalism profession. I urge you to take courage and be steadfast during this difficult moment. Take solace for the time they spent with you on earth and the contributions they made to society,” the Acting ALJA Boss noted.
He continued, “We appreciate their contributions to Liberia’s national development and the journalism profession.” According to an ALJA press release, Acting Chairman Sandy also, presented purses to PUL President Kamara for disbursement to the widows of the late Jaynes and Wiah. He said the gifts were donated by ALJA members as supplements for the welfare of the widows and their children during this difficult moment.
Mr. Sandy said ALJA remains supportive of the PUL in advancing the cause of Liberian journalists, Press Freedom, and good governance in Liberia. In remarks, PUL President Kamara thanked the ALJA Leadership and its membership for the thought and kindness.
“These donations are wonderful and they support our efforts in reaching out to the families of deceased journalists,” President Kamara noted. He said the PUL administration has begun visiting ailing journalists in the country with the sole purpose of identifying with them and their families.
He reported the Union is working on the creation of a program for ailing Liberian journalists and the families of those, who have died. Making remarks on behalf of the bereaved families, Ms. Tarneh Nagbe, wife of the late Setonneh Wiah thanked the ALJA leadership for the generosity displayed. She said “we highly appreciate these gifts. Thank you Mr. Sandy and your colleagues for thinking about us during this bereavement period.”
In a related development, a mass meeting of ALJA members is scheduled for January 31, 2015 in Delaware State. The meeting, which has been dubbed by many as the reunion of the US based Liberian Press Corps, will be held at 58N Lunenburg Drive, New Castle, DE 19720 @ 2:00P.M. As a prelude to the gathering, there will be a Meet and Greet ceremony on Friday, January 30, 2015 @ 7:00P.M. at the same address.
In the year 2004, ALJA crumbled due to internal rift amongst its members. As a result of the crisis, the organization remained dormant for more than a decade. The Association was founded in 1998 by a group of US based Liberian journalists in Washington, D.C. with the sole purpose of fostering peace and unity amongst its members in the Americas. ALJA also, seeks to promote good governance and Press Freedom in Liberia.

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