The Liberian media have been rendered a blow as one of their fearless and contemporary writers-Tom Kamara has departed this world of temptation, pressure, politics and other challenges. It is a blow to the Liberian media because Tom stood the ground battling his critics who have denounced his reportage up to the time of his demise.
Well, Tom you have left behind a legacy which seems to suggest that in your professional career there was nothing like compromise once your articles were written based on facts and evidence. You were one of those believed to have defended ethics and therefore fearlessness formed part of your core distinction no matter how people felt about your thrill in journalism.
For your admirers, they would hold you in high esteem as one of the best researchers. You have departed with something very special-a charisma of news judgment. Your persistency in reporting a running story from different angles and a one, two or three word fascinating headlines remain attributes to miss. Perhaps, most important to note, you remained indisposed to public gatherings most often, lest to mention mingling with public servants who would likely lure or influence and dilute your news judgment. Wisdom seems to suggest that a writer of your kind would behave in such manner to provide maximum security for their life and profession.
Indeed, your departure has prompted a wake-up call and a challenge to those of us holding pen and paper to develop some of the principles you stood for throughout your career. It should be and I assume it is a sad moment for the New Democrat family, the local daily you managed so well until your exit, and the families of other dailies including the In Profile Daily, that a media executive has disappeared to the Great Beyond. And also another ink has dried leaving behind an unmarked paper.
Farewell Tom! As you depart in June 2012 during Liberia’s Rainy Season, may your soul and the souls of all faithful departed rest in perfect peace. Extend to those who had departed earlier: Spencer Browne, Jeff Mutada, Joe W. Mulbah, Stanton Peabody, Micheal Kummeh, Patrick Passewe, Sherman Browne, Gabriel Gworlekago, Tarty Teh, Bill Frank Enoanyi, Alexander Kulue, Paul Yarl, Mohamed Winpea, and other fallen journalists whose contributions to nurturing democracy in Liberia cannot go unnoticed, our distant greetings until one day we shall meet.
The late Tom Kamara