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Minister Sillah apologizes for statement frown upon by activists

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The Gambia Press Union and Amnesty International jointly commemorate the World Press Freedom Day on Saturday at the University of the Gambia

 

The minister of information and communications, Ebrima Sillah, has apologized to journalists for his comment perceived to be against independent media outlets at a meeting at State House.

Minister Sillah has reportedly told the gathering at State House that they should only listen to the state media on issues associating with state affairs for more accurate information.

Activist said the minister’s statement has implied that people should not listen to the private media because they are not trustworthy.

However, at a symposium commemorating the World Press Freedom Day at the University of the Gambia, Sillah said his statement was misconstrued.

He however stated that he should have said it better so that it would not have been taken out of context.

“There is this law which says that public servants cannot talk to the media unless they get approvals from the secretary general and we are trying to get our way around this… By the time we enter the next financial year, all the ministries will have their communication officers,” added Sillah.

Meanwhile, the speakers at the event were Sheriff Bojang Jr and the Regional Director of Amnesty International West and Central Africa region, Mrs. Evelyn Petrus-Barry.

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