By Aaron Leaf
September 3, 2013
In 1951 when muckraking Liberian school-teacher and journalist Albert Porte wrote an open letter to the Liberian president questioning his purchase of a luxury yacht on the nation's dime, William Tubman wrote back, accusing Porte of having an anarchical spirit and inviting him for a cruise.
Porte's status as the conscience of pre-civil war Liberia is rarely disputed. The story goes, he always kept a toothbrush around when reporting, in anticipation of a night in jail. Today he's cited by Liberian journalists as a model to emulate, the grandfather of modern Liberian journalism both figuratively and literally. Kenneth Best and Rodney Sieh, rival publishers of Liberia's two most prominent newspapers are both blood descendants of Porte.