LIBERIA: PUL Mourns The Death Of Two Journalists, Opens Book Of Condolence

The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) will on Thursday, open a book of condolence in memory of Sports Journalist Ena Harmon at the PUL headquarters on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11 am.
 
In a statement issued today, the PUL and SWAL said the book is meant to recognize the courage of Journalist Harmon in entering a field that was previously handled only by men.
 
Ms. Harmon died in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on March 2, 2014.
 
PUL President Abdullai Kamara said Ena’s courage to enter strange terrains, as evidenced by her pioneering role in reporting sports, laid the groundwork that has today led many other ladies to follow sports reporting.
 
The Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL), on the other hand described the death of Ms Harmon as a big blow and irreplaceable loss to the Association and the sporting sector at large.
 
“Madam Harmon was indeed a veteran in sports writing and a pioneer of female participation in sports writing in Liberia,” SWAL President Roland Mulbah lamented.
 
Prior to her demise, journalist Harmon also ran the One Girl Foundation, a local NGO based in Freetown.
 
She returned home in January and served as co-moderator of the February 7, 2014 SWAL elections debate that ushered in the current leadership of the Association.
 
She previously served as media officer of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) under Borbor Gaye and Clemenceau B. Urey, and also worked for the former Liberia Track and Field Federation (LTFF), now Liberia Athletic Federation (LAF) under Atty. Hector Hilton.
 
Ena covered the Sydney 2000 Olympics in Australia and the World Athletics Championship in Edmonton, Canada as a sport journalist.
 
In another development, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has expressed deep regret over the death of Journalist Jerome Toe, Publisher of the New Nation Newspaper.
 
Toe passed off Sunday night (March 8) at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital.
 
The PUL described the death of the enterprising journalist as another serious blow to the journalism profession in the country.
 
Kamara described Jerome Toe as one dedicated to journalism, as he was prepared to work both in print and electronic journalism, noting that his absence leaves a great vacuum in the media of our country.
 
Prior to opening his own media outlet, Toe worked with the state-owned Liberia Broadcasting System.

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