Gambia beach scene. Photo: Paradiseintheworld
The training course brought together media practitioners from the print and electronic media. It was aimed at improving journalists’ ability to report on complex issues relating to communication rights and the core values of democracy in a professional, ethical and constructive manner. The story was reported by Malamin L.m Conteh and Halimatou Ceesay.
GPU Secretary General Gibairu Janneh said this was one of the training sessions the GPU is organizing in order to enable journalists to do their jobs effectively and to equip them with requisite skills.
He said that the training courses would expose journalists to communication rights and skills relating to the inflow and outflow of communication.
“Every human being has a right to be heard in this 21st century, since the media speaks to the people and also gives a voice to the voiceless,” he said. Media communication is vital, said Janneh, and GPU is committed to training.
Sang Mendy, assistant journalism trainer, spoke on the ethics of the profession. He said journalists need to know how to report, know the language and seek the truth.
He said as a journalist, you don’t lie and you should be able to defend your story, adding that journalists need to respect people’s privacy and to be fair and they should not entertain intimidation when reporting.
He also emphasized the need to give a voice to the voiceless, and to hold the powerful accountable, adding that the truth is what they are looking for because at the end when the story is out, they should stand up to defend it.
The independent Committee to Protect Journalists has reported that in 2013, the government of President Yahya Jammeh sought to tighten its grip on the already weak independent press with detentions, criminal prosecutions, and the introduction of more repressive legislation. IN addition, the National Intelligence Agency arbitrarily detained at least three reporters in connection with their work for prolonged periods of time.
WACC advocates full access to information and communication, and promotes open and diverse media. WACC strengthens networks of communicators to advance peace, understanding and justice.