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Independent @ 23 Today

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MONROVIA: After over two decades of independent journalism, The ‘Investigative’ INDEPENDENT Newspaper, headed by its veteran Investigative journalist, Sam O. Dean, alias “SOD,” has reaffirmed its commitment to professional journalism.

Publisher Dean said, the paper remains firmly committed to serving as a “Watch Dog’ in the Liberian nation, especially in this post-election era where promotion of national unity, reconciliation, good governance and its components including the rule of law, security for all, transparency, accountability, probity and development matter.

Speaking yesterday, at program marking the celebration of the paper’s Natal Day at its offices on Johnson Street in Monrovia, Mr. Dean, who is also Vice President of the Publishers Association of Liberia (PAL) advanced recommendations to state managers, and Liberians in general to, among others, safeguard the nation’s hard-won peace and democracy, and to create and foster an atmosphere of understanding, collaboration and coordination in the development of the country, leaving nobody behind.

The Publisher stressed that the paper will never, in any way, compromise its commitment and resolution to professionalism and ethical values, whether rain or shine, as well as the best interests of the Liberian Nation and the civilized world.

In other words, THE INDEPENDENT will vigorously and professionally investigate and expose, without any fear or favor crimes, rights violations, and acts of fraud, waste, and abuse, among other vices at all strata of the Liberian nation and beyond.

The paper, according to the respected media guru, gallantly stood the tests of time over the years, and remains ever devoted to ensuring nothing less than making the Liberia nation a better place for all citizens and residents.

Publisher Dean, in his anniversary message to Paper’s Board of Directors, Editorial and other staffs emphasized that the institution will continue to uphold the true tenants of professional journalism.

“We equally have no friends and foes as we remain supportive of this noble cause even with our sweat, blood and tears, as we gallantly demonstrated multiple times during the erstwhile dreadful and dictatorial administration of former President Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor and other succeeding regimes who tried unsuccessfully to cow us into submission to their whims and caprices,” he stressed.

The Publisher, among other things, lauded a long chain of media professionals and other personalities who, over the years, dedicated their services to the paper.

See Full Text of Publisher Dean’s Anniversary Statement on Page.

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