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Liberia: New Vision Newspaper Turns 12

Monrovia—-The Management of the NEW VISION Newspaper has reiterated its commitment and founding objectives to remain unbiased, and balanced in the exercise of its reportage duties to serve the greater Liberian society and the world at large with diligence and commitment.

The paper which was founded during the heat of the Liberian civil war and founded by longtime journalist Josephus Moses Gray has since brought a Paradigm to the print media in Liberia: Mr. Gray, the former Publisher and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NEW VISION, served as the paper’s first Managing Editor and Editorial Consultant—these positions he professionally and devotedly performed for several years before being appointed in 2006 to a junior ministerial post in government.

Prior to the establishment of the NEW VISION, Mr. Gray worked with The INQUIRER Newspaper for twelve (12) unbroken years from 1992 to 2003 in various capacities from the position of a cub reporter to foreign news editor before quitting to advance into other challenges.

As he salutes his staff with the warmest sense of belonging during these useful and resourceful years imbued with fond memory, Mr. Gray in a press statement says he remains grateful always to The INQUIRER Management.

The NEW VISION Newspaper on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 made its debut on the newsstands in Liberia with the expression of its commitment to serve the media community of Liberia. The paper started as a free newspaper on the newsstand and distributed nationwide to afford the population read unfolding happenings as the nation was emerging from long years of a devastated war. After one year, the paper moved from free circulation. Today, the NEW VISION remains active on the newsstand.

According to a release, since Tuesday, November 23, 2004 to Tuesday, November 23, 2015, the NEW VISION has put on the newsstand about 1.5 million copies while the paper has maintained its 116th Carey Street office which it has been occupying for the past 12 years.

The paper was the first to dedicate its back cover page to sports, and has remained true to its mission by exposing societal ill: corruption, abuses of human rights and violations and financial improprieties of the public trust. The paper has also introduced the annual critique of senior cabinet ministers and heads of other agencies of government and unearthed dozen of malpractices in both the public and private sectors.

Meanwhile, the NEW VISION Newspaper is graciously pleased and professionally humbled in paying homage to its current and former reporters, editors and production teams. Their contributions shall forever be cherished and respectfully unforgotten because of the commitment, dedication and professionalism tirelessly demonstrated. All of these former hardworking and principled minded editors have ventured into other disciplines and professions where they are making immense contributions, while others have departed this world.(For the departed professionals, we pause to observe a moment of silence).

They are Josephus Moses Gray, Moses Zangar, Jr; Saywer Doe (Late), Emmanuel Nah (Late), Ekina Wesley, Bill Jarkloh, Emmanuel Mondaye, Emmanuel Monyennue, James Kpangoi, Robert Jadoe, Alex Karvozonh, D. Raymond Kloteah Manjoe, Kenneth Breswer and Production Assistant Koffa Nimely as well as other former freelancers.

The paper’s management also remains grateful to the following hardworking staffers including Tarnue Wowee-a professional layout editor and dedicated staff who continues to demonstrate professionalism and remains committed to his assigned duties; the management also recognized the valuable services of Moses Wantu Pewee, Sylvester Wowee and Koffa Martin.

There are others whose names the paper’s management has decided not to mention especially three members of the late Abraham Gray’s family whose immense contributions have progressively, productively and positively impacted and continue to brighten the NEW VISION profoundly.

The management also recognizes the contributions of all vendors, printing houses, the reading audience and all individuals, including its business partners and customers, institutions and organizations that continue to do business with the NEW VISION Newspaper.

The NEW VISION Management re-emphasizes—-that it remains most grateful to its former publisher and chief executive officer, Mr. Josephus Moses Gray who the management describes as an illustrious, enterprising and balanced-minded individual, whose glowing example of institution building is worth emulating.


Pic: J. Moses Gray

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