Mon | Nov 30, 2020

A champion of media solidarity

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2020 | 12:10 AM

I am deeply saddened by the death of Oliver Clarke, a man who has spent much of his life fighting for press freedom and the people?s right to know in Jamaica, the Caribbean and the Americas.

We at The Gleaner remember him as a self-sufficient human being full of love, humour, happiness and deeply possessed with a desire to see Jamaica and the world as better places for all humanity.

His reach was boundless; his work a spectacle. He could walk with kings and yet had the common touch. That was our Oliver F. Clarke ? our OFC.

He relished the matching of wits, the rough and tumble that are inherent in life, not only as a businessman, but as a leader in media.

Oliver was always a champion of media solidarity. It was Oliver?s far-sightedness and leadership which helped us not only as a country, but as a region to have a robust and fearless media landscape, evidenced in Jamaica?s continued high ranking in the World Press Freedom Index.

Destiny willed it that he made his enduring mark and his business genius on our society through The Gleaner, which he has served for over four decades.

Oliver, while at the helm of The Gleaner, nurtured those under his wings to be meaningful contributors to the development of not only this nation but also to be torchbearers of truth and justice. He jealously guarded the gains made by our forefathers in the democratic dispensation of our society.

I am fortunate to have known Oliver for many years. He had, in fact, been the one to have appointed me editor-in-chief of The Gleaner in 2001, and from then set me on a path to leadership.

I got a university education from being under the tutelage of Oliver ? the kind you don?t get in traditional studies. He was tough, but fair, all in service to this nation which he deeply cared about.

The Gleaner, under his leadership, has sought to liberate our society, impart wisdom and share resources about wealth building, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship in this country, and we owe a debt of gratitude to him for the foresight and willingness to have led such an important publication that has thrived for more than 185 years.

We celebrate a great life that will live on through his very impressive and enduring legacy.

Garfield Grandison

General Manager

The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited