By Morrison O.G. Sayon
The former Editor of The INQUIRER has commended Mr. Philip N. Wesseh (PNW) for receiving one of the nation’s highest honors. Mr. Gabriel L.H. Williams in an interview congratulated Mr. Wesseh, the current Managing Editor of The INQUIRER for his many contributions to peace and tranquility which has made him to receive such prestigious honor.
Williams who paid a courtesy call on Mr. Wesseh at The INQUIRER yesterday said, “Philip Wesseh being honored by the Government of Liberia is no surprise to him because according to him, no journalist better deserves it than him. This honor is not just for him; we share it with him as Chairman of the INQUIRER Board and shareholder,” William averred.
Mr. Williams who is an official at the Liberian Embassy In Washington DC, the United States said the honor bestowed on the Managing Editor of The INQUIRER is a clear indication of the reflection of the quality of work he has done over the years and being responsible in carrying out his journalistic duties. “He has been the voice of reasoning and I promise you that history cannot be completed without recognizing this fine gentleman,” Williams said.
He further said, “We all share this honor as Chair of the Board of the New Era Publication, shareholder and former Managing Editor of the institution. It is in the right direction,” the former Inquirer boss said.
He added that Philip has over the years engaged in responsible journalism calling on young Liberian journalists to emulate his good example. He added that because of Wesseh’s stance on national issues in the media he has been recognized by the state. “We are dealing with a fragile situation in our country and all Liberians are on the same boat so if any one of us rock this boat which is our dear country we all will drown; that is why we as Liberians with common patrimony must be careful in dealing with national issues,” Mr. Williams stated.
He then called on the Liberian media to remain constructive in dealing with issues of national concern as the nation is still in a fragile situation. Williams said the media is facing enormous challenges and therefore, called on veterans, senior and respectable journalists including Mr. Wesseh to intervene in governmental issues and the media.
Mr. Williams said the ongoing differences between the government and the media is hurting the country internationally and as such veterans and respectable media practitioners must intervene timely to arrest the situation.
He lauded President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the government for giving Mr. Wesseh his flowers while he is still alive as a sign of encouragement and called on other journalists to follow the footsteps of PNW.
Over the weekend, career Journalist, Mr. Philip N. Wesseh, was admitted into the Star of Africa with the Grade of Commander.