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Press Association lauds the late Peter Abrahams

Published:Friday | January 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Peter Abrahams

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has expressed sadness at the passing of veteran journalist, author and commentator Peter Abrahams, who was found dead in his remote Red Hills, St Andrew, home on Wednesday.

"Peter Abrahams was a brilliant, incisive and analytical writer, whose significant output in the areas of literature and journalism marked him as a major contributor to Jamaica's national development over the decades," PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller said.

"Many of us grew up listening to his news commentaries, which always cut to the core of the political and social issues facing the country, offered searing insight and, very often, suggested solutions and a way forward," she added.

His years as chairman of RJR were exemplified by steadfast support for the newsroom and the journalists who worked there, and he earned many times over the respect, admiration and love of the employees with whom he dealt.

But Abrahams, South African by birth, who adopted Jamaica as his homeland, was also well known internationally for his contributions to the black liberation struggles, especially through his writing.

"The fact that on the day of his death, at the age of 97, The Gleaner had published a letter by Peter speaking to contemporary issues facing the country, is an indicator of how sharp and relevant he remained to the very end," Jackson Miller said.

The police said that Abrahams was found in a pool of blood, but they have no reason to suspect foul play, although they were "not ruling out anything".