LIBERIA: Two Journalists Killed By Ebola Virus

Two more journalists have died of the killer Ebola virus disease, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has regrettably announced.

Journalist Alexander Koko Anderson, former employee of the Liberia Women Democracy Radio died at the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit Wednesday morning (Oct. 8) while Cassius Saye, a cameraman at Real TV passed off over the weekend at the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia.

Rea TV staff Cassius Saye was among the station’s non-essential staff sent home in the wake of the Ebola outbreak, while Alexander Anderson was no longer in the employ of LWDR, officials of the two institutions told the PUL Wednesday.

The latest brings to three the number of journalists killed by the deadly virus since the initial outbreak in March. The first journalist, Journalist Yaya Kromah, succumbed to Ebola last month at the J.F.K Treatment Center in Monrovia.

The PUL said it is saddened by the deaths of the journalists and calls on media practitioners in the country to stick to safety and prevention measures while taking the risks to cover and report the Ebola outbreak.

“The Ebola virus disease is ravaging our country’s human resource, breaking down our economy and leaving our state in terror and near-collapse,” PUL Secretary General D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh said. Sengbeh said: “Ebola is chasing everyone and every race, and journalists who are in the field informing and educating the public are increasingly becoming victims of the terrible enemy,” he lamented.

The PUL has meanwhile extended deepest condolences to the two media houses and the respective families of the falling journalists and challenged journalists not to weaver in the fight against the Ebola and the constant attacks on press freedom in the country.

 Signed: ________________________

D Kaihenneh Sengbeh

Secretary General/PUL

(0886/0777) 586531  


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