Prime Minister's statement of the passing of the late Leslie Pierre

Monday, December 22, 2014 9:35 AM - George's, Grenada
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We regret to have learnt today about the passing of Mr Leslie Pierre, a Grenadian media icon, journalistic giant, and indeed a true Grenadian patriot.

For many years, Mr Pierre had been the virtual conscience of a nation through his advocacy and his willingness to speak truth to power, especially through his 'Personally Speaking' newspaper column.

Mr Pierre paid a tough price for his belief in a free media, spending nearly three years in prison because he stood up for those principles.

He never harbored bitterness for his "detention"; but instead, when he was eventually freed, turned the Grenadian Voice into one of the most respected publications in our post independence era.

His continuous quest for excellence; his uncompromising attitude to balanced and responsible reporting; his dogged determination and strength of convictions, are elements of his life we can all emulate.

Late Sunday, I spoke to his wife and expressed my personal condolence to her and the entire Pierre family.
I am honored to have been able to have called him a friend.

Mr Pierre had set high standards; and the legacy of that must be the eternal flame that will shine on a new era of Grenadian journalism that will consistently and uncompromisingly speak to both balance and fairness.




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