INQUIRER Boss Wants Gov’t Reopen Chronicle

By Antoinette Sendolo

As the Inquirer Newspaper observed twenty-four years of existence, the Managing Editor, Philip Wesseh, is appealing to the government of Liberia to ensure the reopening of the Chronicle Newspaper.

Mr. Wesseh said the continuous closure of the Chronicle Newspaper does not signal the strength of the freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

The Inquirer’s boss added that with the closure of the Newspaper, reports from the international community will not be a favorable one for the country as it relates to press freedom something he said will be an embarrassment for Liberia.

He said press freedom is one thing this country can boast of amidst the many challenges and differences.

“As we (the Inquirer) observe twenty-four years of existence, it is my appeal that the government of Liberia can see reason to reopen the Chronicle Newspaper,” Mr. Wesseh appealed.

Meanwhile, the Inquirer Boss also used the occasion to recognize and honor four of his staffs who have proven to be hard working for the year 2014.

Those who received the manager’s award were Copy Editor, Frank A. Smart, Associate Editor, C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy, reporter Antoinette Sendolo and Office Assistant, LoveteeWaynawhere.

Mrs. Saywah-Jimmy was awarded employee of the year 2014 for her commitment to the job and her efforts in making the news department effective while Ms. Sendolo was awarded the fastest growing reporter of the year under review for her level of improvement in gathering and reporting news stories.

Mr. Smart was recognized for his dual roles as copy editor and proof reader while Ms. Waynawhere received the manager’s award for being hard working and very honest.

Speaking during the recognition of honorees, Mr. Wesseh stressed that there is a need to encourage more females in the profession especially in the print media.

He further described the Inquirer as a university because it empowers young journalists disclosing that the two reporters who were awarded from the Editorial Department joined the Inquirer as interns and he is proud that they could be recognized for the level of works done so far.

Speaking on behalf of the honorees, Associate Editor Saywah-Jimmy appreciated the management of the Inquirer for the recognition and promised to work more effectively in order to ensure that the paper remains credible.

She encouraged her fellow honorees to continue the hard work and see the recognition as a motivation for each of them to do more.

For his part, the President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Abdullah Kamara congratulated the Inquirer Newspaper for being one of Liberia’s credible and professional newspapers over the past years.

He said the Institution has gone through several tests as it relates to its credibility and has proven to be an independent, reliable and conscious institution that is always willing to admit to its errors when necessary.

The PUL boss made specific emphasis on the Inquirer’s recent publication which had a spot in it apologizing for a particular story published something he described as being professional and urged all media institutions to do the same when they err in their functions noting that it takes nothing from the institution rather it adds to the credibility.

“Journalists and media owners should apologize when they are wrong; it does not change the status of the institution but shows how responsible it is,” Mr. Kamara emphasized.