The Gambia Press Union on Sunday launched a
new body that will watch over the fulfillment of journalism ethics norms in the
The Media Council of The Gambia is a self-regulatory
national institution that seeks to improve the Gambian media by promoting the
highest professional standards.
Speaking at the launch at Djember Hotel on
Sunday, Sheriff Bojang Jnr said it is time for journalists in the country to raise
their game when it comes to ethics and ethical standard.
“We need to raise our game when it comes
to ethics and ethical standard in the way we do business. What we don’t agree
with is how do we tackle that, how do we deal with that,” he said.
Ebrima Sillah, Minister of Information and
Communication Infrastructure described the launch of the council as a milestone
in the history of the Union.
He assured government’s commitment to
creating friendly atmosphere for Gambian media to continue working without interference.
“As a ministry let me assure of government
commitment to ensuring that we have a conducive environment where you can work
and then also deliver. We want to assure you that we will work with you in this
difficult journey to ensure that we do what it takes for the Gambian media to
operate without restriction and to continue to work and inform the public
accordingly,” he said.
He reassured that the bill will be table
before the National Assembly in first weeks of January 2019, adding it couldn’t
hold in this December due to circumstances at the office of the Attorney
Demba Ali Jawo a former information minister also described the launch of the council as significance and that it is better for the press to regulate itself than government to regulate them.