The Inquirer (Monrovia)

15 January 2013

Liberia: We Renew Our Commitment

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TODAY, JANUARY 15, The INQUIRER Newspaper will celebrate its 22nd year of existence. The Anniversary will begin today with a visit to ailing Catholic Archbishop Michael K. Francis who had been ill for many years. The celebration will continue this Sunday with a divine Worship Service at the St. kizito Catholic Church.

THE INSTITUTION, WHICH now remains the Oldest post-war independent newspaper in the country, was founded on January 15, 1991 by a group of young Liberian journalists headed by the late T-Max Teah as Chairman of the Board and Gabriel Williams as the first Managing Editor. The founding of the paper was at a time of serious communication gap as a result of the civil conflict. Since then, it continues to serve the nation and its people despite the intermittent state of instability over the years.

HOWEVER, AS WE embark on another year of operation, we are pleased with the level of press freedom and freedom of the speech, which continue to provide the necessary conducive environment for the operation of the media in the country. No longer are headlines of newspapers changed at the printing press by the status quo, because the existing level of freedom continues to provide media practitioners the freedom to function without fear or apprehension for the contents of their editorial materials.

AS WE REFLECT on the past 22 years of existence, we express special thanks to the reading public and others who continue to use our pages for advertisement. Indeed, they have been our strength over the years. Even though the journalistic sojourn has been rosy over the years, we are grateful for their support and cooperation.

ON THIS OCCASION of the celebration of 22 years of existence, we wish to renew our commitment to keeping the public informed on events as they unfold. We wish to state that we will continue to uphold and maintain professionalism and adherence to high ethical standard as we had done during the past years. Nothing will change this trend of professionalism and responsibility because we believe that to be credible; one must be responsible, accurate and exercise high judgment for the general good of the society.

TODAY AS THE institution continues its work, we want to reassure the public that we will go the extra mile and work harder in commitment to our motto which says "Our job is more than reporting: We break stories that prepare our readers for what must happen next."

WHILE IT IS true that there are challenges ahead of us, we will remain committed because we are under obligation to keep our readers informed succinctly.

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