Journalists In U.S. Remembers Fallen Liberian Colleagues

By V. Gardea Woodson, LINA USA Correspondent

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, Sitonneh Wiah, and Slewon T-Toe passed away 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.

Speaking Tuesday, January 6, via telephone to the President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Abdullai Kamara and representatives of the Wiah family at the Union's 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.

Sandy also presented purses to Kamara for disbursement to the widows of the late Jaynes and Wiah from ALJA members.

In remarks, Kamara said: “These donations are wonderful and they support our efforts in reaching out to the families of deceased journalists.”

He explained that the PUL administration has begun visiting ailing journalists in the country in identifying with them.

He disclosed that the Union is working on the creation of a program for ailing Liberian journalists and the families of those who have died.

ALJA was founded in 1998 by a group of US-based Liberian journalists in Washington, D.C. to foster peace and unity among its members in the Americas. ALJA also, seeks to promote good governance and Press Freedom in Liberia.

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