The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) will convene its annual national conference from September 15 to 17 in the State of Delaware,U.S.A. with Mr. Abraham G. Massaley, former President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), serving as keynote speaker.
Mr. Massaley, a veteran journalist who currently resides in the US, will speak on the ALJA’s 2017 Convention theme, “The Rule of Law: Recipe for a Peaceful and Stable Liberia,” at the association’s Annual Benefit Banquet.
A press release from the association quoting the ALJA National President, Moses D. Sandy, said the theme is relevant due to ALJA’s commitment to help foster the continuance of the peace Liberians have come to enjoy over the last 12 years, as anything to the contrary will equally affect the entire fabric of the Liberian society, including its vibrant media.
Mr. Sandy said Mr. Massaley is in a better position to explain to his fellow journalists what it means to have a peaceful and stable country, having served as PUL President during Liberia’s turbulent period.
Sandy announced that the convention’s business session is expected to take place at the Harvest Center International Church in Wilmington, while the benefit banquet will be held at the prestigious Bella Vita Ballroom in Newark, Delaware.
Delegates to the convention have already started arriving in the U.S., among them PUL’s president Charles Coffey and Mr. E. Blamo Robinson, former Assistant Director General for News and Radio at the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).
Others from Liberia and other regions of the Americas are expected to arrive this week.
This year’s convention, Mr. Sandy noted, will also include the election of a new corps of officers for the next two years in line with the association’s elections guidelines.
Mr. Gardea V. Woodson, ALJA’s current National Secretary General, is not seeking re-election. ALJA’s last national leadership election was conducted in October 2015 in New Castle, Delaware.
The association was founded in 1998 in Washington, D.C. with the objectives of fostering peace and camaraderie among its members and the advancement of press freedom through media development in Liberia.
ALJA is committed to championing the cause of good governance in Liberia through media advocacy, said the release.
In 2004, ALJA crumbled due to an internal rift in the membership. After ten years of dormancy, the organization was resuscitated in 2014. Since then, ALJA remains a vigorous non-profit organization with a 501c (3) tax exempt status.