ACTIVITIES MARKING THE 22nd anniversary celebration of the independent INQUIRER Newspaper ended last weekend with a family day at a local beach outside Monrovia last Friday. Unlike previous celebrations, this year's activities began with a visit to ailing Emeritus Archbishop Michael K. Francis, followed by a divine worship service at the Saint Kizito Catholic Church in Paynesville.
THE INSTITUTION, WHICH now remains the oldest and only surviving 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.
IN ITS EDITORIAL, caption; "We Renew Our Commitment," to mark this year's anniversary, the management of the paper noted as it embarks on another year of operation is pleased with the level of press freedom and freedom of 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.
FURTHERMORE, THE PAPER said as it reflects on the past 22 years of existence, it lauded 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.
AGAIN, AS THE paper ends another celebration of successful year of operation, it wishes to reassure the reading public and the Liberian people of its renewed commitment to keeping the public informed and educated on events as they unfold, so that they will make informed decisions in their interest and that of the country.
IN FURTHERANCE OF our commitment, 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 consonance of our motto which says "Our job is more than reporting: We break stories that prepare our readers for what must happen next."
INDEED, WE ARE aware of challenges ahead and notwithstanding, we will remain committed because we are under obligation to keep our readers informed and educated in order to move the country forward for the collective good of all.