President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed deep
sadness about the passing of iconic journalist Tom Kamara, editor and publisher of the New Democrat newspaper.
President Sirleaf referred to Mr. Kamara as a great patriot who dedicated his life to the pursuit of freedom of speech, the right of the media, and the democratic process in Liberia and in Africa.
The President learned the sad news of the death of Tom Kamara while on a working visit to the United States of America.
According to President Sirleaf, Mr. Kamara has earned a special place in the hearts of many Liberians, both at home and in the Diaspora because of his unwavering commitment to the defense of the rights of the people to speak freely, and has worked tirelessly for the strengthening of media space in Liberia as an indispensable pillar of democracy. The President expressed the wish that media practitioners, as well as the general public will emulate the work of Mr. Tom Kamara.
The President has extended her deepest condolences to the bereaved family, adding that Liberia has lost one of its greatest sons, who did not live long enough to benefit from the fruits of freedom and democracy for which he fought for so many decades.
The President said Mr. Kamara was a good friend and will be missed by the entire nation.