(LINA) – The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says it is “shocked and heart-broken” by the death news of journalists Joseph Wolobah Seville and Moses Sonkarley.
The two died recently in the United States and Liberia, respectively.
ALJA described the journalists as astute and professional who rose from reporters to become well-respected and knowledgeable editors in their careers, according to a statement issued by the association Tuesday.
Mr. Seville was known as “considerate and approachable by reporters he supervised in the newsroom, while among students he taught journalism, he was viewed as compassionate and ready to assist those who were eager to learn.”
He distinguished himself at the Liberia News Agency (LINA) as its bureau chief in Grand Cape Mount County in the 1980s, and later as Editor-In-Chief at the Agency’s Capitol Hill head office before retiring to join his family in the United States of America. Editor Seville died on May 28 in Lawrenceville, Georgia after a long struggle with cancer.
For his part, Sonkarley also had his beginning in journalism at LINA as its correspondent in then Gibi Territory, now Margibi County, in the 1980s. During the height of the civil war, he was Sub-Editor at the Totota-based Radio Liberia International in Bong County.
At the Liberia Communications Network, Sonkarley served as Sports Editor and Director of News before later joining the Liberia Broadcasting System as its Director of News.
Up to his sudden death on Monday, June 6, Editor Sonkarley was Assistant Communications Officer in the Department of Communications at the General Auditing Commission (GAC).
ALJA said the passing of the two has left a void in the journalism profession in Liberia, saying, like those who predeceased them, the two journalists helped transform the media landscape in the country by helping nurture young journalists who are capable of competing with their colleagues around the world to bring into millions of homes and work places unbiased and creditable news stories.
The Association expressed its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and their friends in general for the losses sustained, and prayed that they will take solace in the work the journalists did to help improve the dissemination of information in the country.