Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has described fallen Liberian Journalist, Tom Saah Kamara, as a brave and astute journalist who was objective and fearless in the discharge of his duties.
Vice President Boakai said journalists of today especially the upcoming ones should emulate the good example of Tom Kamara in a bid to continue his fight for social justice and free speech.
Speaking Saturday night when he launched the Tom Kamara Foundation at a local Hotel in Monrovia, the Liberian Vice President Praised Mr. Kamara for standing up to the challenges that did not make him to be a journalist who compromised his integrity.
Ambassador Boakai lauded Mrs. Rachel Kamara, widow of the late Tom Kamara for her initiative to remember her husband by the setting up of the Tom Kamara Foundation with the aim of promoting those virtues for which her fallen husband stood for.
The Vice President also stressed that the Foundation must reward its beneficiaries on the basis of merit and not favoritism.
Delivering the keynote address earlier at the occasion, Ambassador Kabral Blay Amihere, Chairman of the National Media Commission of Ghana, said history had reserved a place for the late Tom Kamara due to his unwavering advocacy for social justice, peace, democratic tenets and good governance.
Ambassador Amihere said Tom Kamara belongs to a new breed of African journalists who threats of criminal libel could not frighten as he wrote to advocate for the rights of the voiceless and to ensure that free speech was not tampered with.
The African Media specialist noted that detention at the hands of the late President Samuel Doe Government, bullets from warlords and exiled from former President Charles Taylor’s administration could not stop Tom Kamara from speaking out the truth. “Indeed, he was fearless in the performance of his reportorial duties as long as he was saying the truth of the matter,” he said.
He said with courage, integrity, honesty, Tom Kamara dealt with the issues that are confronting the social economic development of his people.
The widow of the Late Kamara told the audience which mostly included journalists, politicians and foreign diplomats that the Foundation has set up an initial budget of US$50,000 to carry out its work in line with the dreams and aspiration of the late Kamara.
The Foundation which is in honor of the late Tom Kamara who died on June 8, 2012 will be operated on five core values which include Investigative Reporting, Freedom of Expression, Journalistic Excellence, Professional Development and the Inspiration of Others.