The government of The Gambia is open to allowing the media have a self-regulatory body but such progress can only be made through fruitful dialogue, according to a deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Information.
On Sunday, Malick Jones said The Gambia has come far from where “we were because we can today boast of at least 14 radio stations, a public television and 7 newspapers – four of which are daily.”
On May 3, 2015, a World Press Freedom Day event organised by the Gambia Press Union, UNESCO and the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, was held under the theme “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, and Media Safety in the Digital Age.”
“The government wants to better the relations and this can only work if we sit down and talk,” said Mr. Jones, also a prominent veteran broadcaster. “If this happens, we can regulate ourselves, not the government regulating us. We can learn a lot from Senegal and Ghana in this respect. We are waiting for funds from UNESCO to facilitate the self-regulation for the media in the country.” Continue reading
The Gambia Press Union (GPU)’s leadership has come under stern criticism from the African Commission’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa for never utilizing its Observer Status.
“The Gambia Press Union has an ‘observer status’ but not once have they come to the office to report violations of the rights of journalists in this country,” Commissioner Pansy Tlakula said on World Press Freedom Day on Sunday.
African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) granted observer status to the GPU) on October 26, 2011 after the Union applied for it under the ARTICLE 19/GPU European Commission-funded project.
The observer status allows for the Union to make statements at the ordinary sessions of the Commission on cases of violations of press freedom and freedom of expression. Continue reading
The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa has told politicians to get out of the newsrooms and allow journalists to do their work.
“We call on politicians to leave the newsrooms and allow journalists to do their work according to the code of conduct. Journalists should also stay away from politics,” Commissioner Pansy Tlakula said on Sunday.
The media must ensure the highest level of responsibility of professional ethics, she said in Banjul during a World Press Freedom Day event organised by the Gambia Press Union, UNESCO and the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner on May 3, 2015. Continue reading
The Gambia Press Union (GPU) should engage The Gambia government in dialogue on its advocacy for press freedom and freedom of expression, according to the African Commission’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information.
“You should change your strategy by engaging in dialogue with the government because confrontation does not work,” Commissioner Pansy Tlakula said in Banjul at an event marking World Press Freedom Day organised by the GPU, UNESCO and the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner on May 3, 2015. Continue reading
The Kanifing Magistrate Court has on Wednesday ordered Mass Kah, a messenger of the Foroyaa newspaper to open his defence in a sedition trial brought against him after it overruled a no-case-submission by lawyer Lamin S. Camara.
Camara had urged the Court on January 29 to acquit and discharge Mr Kah when he filed the no-case-submission. Kah will now open his defence on March 25 when the case resumes, according to Magistrate Isatou Janneh Njie.
“It is a general belief that the oppositions do not have good wishes or regard for the ruling party,” a police prosecutor, Sergeant Kolley has said in response to a no case to answer submission. Continue reading