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Gambia Press Union launches self-regulatory body


The regulatory body is expected to hear complaints from the general public on media content and also monitor ethical conduct of journalists and media houses in the country.  

The Gambia Press Union has on Sunday launched a self-regulatory body for the Gambian media call the Media Council of the Gambia.

The launch coincided with the fourteen year anniversary of the brutal murder of Deyda Hydara, the former co-publisher and managing editor of The Point Newspaper.

The president of the GPU, Sheriff Bojang Jnr., paid tribute to Deyda as a man who fought to see the freedom of the media in this country.

Bojang said that since efforts were put to form the media council, many people are asking about how the council would get resources to run sustainably.

He said that the members that are going to be in the council are not just journalists and would be from diverse walks of life in the country.

“People ask so many questions, and to be honest with you, the answer is, we don’t know. We’re working as a union in darkness.”

“Everybody in this country and journalists in particular can attest to one thing that we need to raise our game when it comes to ethics of how we do business.”

Pap Saine, the co-publisher and director of The Point described the initiative by the GPU in honouring Deyda Hydara as great move.


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