Liberian Press Union Mourns The Death Of Two Journalists, Zoegar Jaynes And Sitonneh Weah

The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) says it is deeply saddened and shocked by the deaths of veteran broadcast Liberian journalist Zoegar Q. Jaynes and former Star Radio language announcer Sitonneh Wiah. Both respectively died of sudden and brief illnesses (not Ebola related), bringing to five the number of journalists that have perished since August this.
 
Zeogar, a career journalist, veteran sports reporter and sportsman died Thursday evening (Nov 13) in Monrovia while seeking medication at a local clinic following a sudden illness, family sources have told the PUL. The PUL has described Zoegar’s death as a painful blow to the Union and the journalism profession in Liberia as he was a very committed member of the journalist union.
 
“Zoegar Jaynes was a great journalist who worked hard to better his skills and the contribution of others at all time,” PUL President K. Abdullai Kamara said in a statement issued in Monrovia.
 
Zoegar served two terms as Financial Secretary of the PUL, served the Grievance and Ethics as well as the Sports and Entertainment Committees of the Union, besides captaining the union’s soccer squad—the Pen Pusher. He traded his professional career at state radio ELBC and the Catholic run Radio Varitas, mentoring scores of young journalists.  Zeogar lately served as a consultant at the Ministry of Finance just before his demise.   
 
As for Sitonneh Wiah, who passed away on Wednesday (Nov 12), he was a career Kru language announcer and simple English newscaster. “Sitonneh,” PUL President Kamara stated, “provided the opportunity for the ordinary Liberian people to understand and participate in national issues, by breaking down the news to their level.”
 
The Union has meanwhile extended profound condolences to the bereaved families, calling on them and all journalists in the country to take solace in this most difficult time in their lives.  
 
Meanwhile, the PUL will open a book of condolence in memory of the fallen journalists in coming days. 

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