The News Newspaper, Liberia's second oldest newspaper last Friday, May 10, 2019 climaxed activities marking the celebration of its 30th anniversary with its Board Chairman Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh assuring the public that the paper will continue to be responsible in its reportage.
Speaking at the programs marking the 30th anniversary of the paper held in Sinkor, Monrovia, Prof. Tarpeh, current Minister at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said The NEWS will never be used to settle old grudges.
He said the decision to establish the NEWS in 1989 was and still remains the presentation of an independent paper that will look at society in a balanced faction that will enhance the interest of all Liberians, "especially the voice of the voiceless and more especially, the national interest."
Minister Tarpeh assured that The NEWS will continue to be responsible and objective and will not do anything to undermine its credibility by engaging in unethical acts.
"I can assured you that the men and women that work for The NEWS Newspaper are among some of the best in the business of journalism, and they continue to get better and better and will remain the best," he assured.
He admonished employees of The NEWS not to use the paper to castigate people who have already worked and built their characters over the years.
Prof. Tarpeh said it is important for the paper to research and verify any information before publishing it.
"Don't use the paper to castigate people; apply the fundamental of journalism, because it is common to destroy people's character that they have built over the years; continue to be professional and factual as you have always done," he urged.
Prof. Tarpeh disclosed that plans are underway to add broadcast component to the entity.
He thanked employees of The NEWS for their services to the paper and country especially during difficult times. He also thanked the public for supporting the paper over the years and now.
Prof Tarpeh also thanked the Chinese Government, through its Ambassador, Jijun for its continuous contributions to The NEWS Newspaper.
During the program, the paper honored several personalities and institutions for the level of work done during the year 2018.
Those certificated include President George M. Weah, Person Of The Year; Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh, Public Official Of The Year; Minister Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan, Minister Of The Year;
Government Agency Of The Year, National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA); Bank Of The Year, International Bank Liberia Limited; Kids Educational Engagement Projects (KEEP), Local NGO Of The Year; Rep. Samuel G. Kogar, Lawmaker Of The Year and Cllr. Arthur T. Johnson, Lawyer Of The Year.
The paper also certificated three distinguished personalities including former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former Press Union of Liberia President Peter Quaqua and Dr. C. Nelson Oniyama, Monrovia Club Breweries.
The former President was honored as a Cornerstone of Peace in Liberia for ensuring smooth transition in the country's democratization process; Mr. Quaqua honored as Champion Of Press Freedom in Liberia, while Dr. Oniyama was honored Progress Entrepreneur.