Liberia Heads West Africa Journalist Association

The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has welcomed the election of its former President Peter Quaqua as President of the West African Journalists Association (WAJA).

Peter Quaqua (middle) smiles in 2012 when the Press Union of Liberia held its awards night in Monrovia, two years before he was elected at WAJA, where he had served as Treasure for over three years
Peter Quaqua (middle) smiles in 2012 when the Press Union of Liberia held its awards night in Monrovia, two years before he was elected at WAJA, where he had served as Treasure for over three years

Quaqua was elected Saturday (Apr 26, 2014) at the 8th Ordinary Congress of the Association in Abuja, Nigeria.

He succeeds Mr. Mohammed Garba from Nigeria, who was recently elected President of the Federation of African Journalists.

PUL President Abdullai Kamara said the victory of Mr. Quaqua is a universal affirmation of the level of quality leadership he provided in Liberia, and would herald a firm approach to supporting freedom of expression across West Africa.

Prior to his election as President of the WAJA, Mr. Quaqua served as Treasurer.

The fearless-talking Quaqua also served as Secretary General of the PUL before serving two presidential terms equaling five years.

He is credited for decentralizing the Union from Monrovia and standing astutely in the defense of journalists, and advocacies for professionalism and press freedom.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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