Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-5385
For Immediate Release: October 22, 1999

Exiled West African Journalist Kenneth Best to Speak at
Montgomery College on "Talking Truth…What It Cost Me"
New Humanities Institute to Host Guest Lecture on November 9

(Rockville, Maryland) – In America, freedom of the press is a cherished and inalienable right that ensures journalists the opportunity to ply their trade in an atmosphere free of government intervention and censorship. In many parts of the world, there are no such ideals as a "fourth estate" and journalists struggle daily to publish or broadcast their news to their countrymen, often in the face of harassment and threats from dictators and hostile regimes.

Such was the case for now exiled Liberian journalist Kenneth Y. Best, who, along with his wife, Mae Gene Best, spent nearly two decades in the development and publication of independent daily newspapers in West Africa. While Best was publishing The Daily Observer in his home country of Liberia -- during its civil war of the early 1990s -- the military regime in power arrested him three times, burned his office to the ground and shut down the newspaper five times. He moved to Gambia and launched that country’s first-ever daily newspaper, only to see that effort thwarted by similar circumstances in 1994, when the tiny West African country was victimized by a military coup d’etat.

Best, who now resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, will share his life experiences and his unique journalistic insights during an upcoming guest lecture at Montgomery College’s new Paul Peck Humanities Institute, Tuesday, November 9 at 3 p.m., in the College’s Rockville Campus Commons, Suite 212, Campus Tower.

Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus is located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. Located one mile north of the Rockville Metro Station, the campus is served by a number of Metro and Ride On bus routes.

For information on this presentation or any programs of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, call 240-567-7417 or the Office of Equity and Diversity at 240-567-5276.

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