THE OLDEST POST-WAR independent Newspaper in Liberia, The INQUIRER turns 23 today. In commemoration of the day, which marks the institution’s 23rd Anniversary, the staff will assemble at the Revelation Seventh Day Adventist Church in Gardnersville, outside Monrovia this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. for a Thanksgiving Worship Service.
INQUIRER’S MANAGING EDITOR, Philip N. Wesseh, on Tuesday attributed the existence and survival of the paper to the commitment, sacrifices and hard work of the staff. Wesseh who celebrated 30 years of professional journalism last year commended the employees for their dedication and for exhibiting high level of professionalism in the execution of their duties. “I am not saying that we are perfect but over the years we have done our best to be accurate and factual, and whenever we noticed any ethical transgression in the publication, we immediately made corrections,” Mr. Wesseh stated.
THE INQUIRER BOSS boasted that the survival of the institution has disproved the perception that Liberian businesses can’t last. He called on the public to see the institution as an example that a Liberian business does last if the owner is focused and determined. Mr. Wesseh pointed out that the secret for success to any Liberian business is to first build the institution and the capacity of the employees, saying, “If you put yourself first, you will not succeed. By building the institution and capacity of the employees, you can sustain the business.”
ESTABLISHED ON JANUARY 15, 1991 at the height of the Liberian Civil war by a group of committed journalists, the INQUIRER Newspaper continues to be in the vanguard for the proper dissemination of information to the Liberian people and beyond in a manner and fashion that does not forget the ABC of journalism. With Accuracy, Balance and Clarity, the INQUIRER has being sailing through a stormy sea while ensuring that it does not only report stories that break out but prepare its reading audience about what might break out next. The INQUIRER indeed has been committed to this process and as a victim of arson attack during the intra factional fighting of April 6, 1996 which eventually brought Monrovia to its lowest ebb, the INQUIRER with no delay picked up the bits and pieces and began the process of good journalism which it knows and understands better.
THE INQUIRER NEWSPAPER again did face a great challenge after it was massively looted as a result of the 2003 military contest in Monrovia, but with God above and commitment to duty, the staff under the dynamic leadership of veteran Journalist Philip Wesseh, began reporting the peace talks in Accra, entertaining and educating its readers long before the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) could hit the ground and began the process of keeping the peace. With strong ethical back ground, the INQUIRER in 23 years continues to prepare its readers for what might happen next. WE ARE COMMITTED!