The assembly held on the Senegambia Seaside Resort in Bijilo, is held yearly to present political events and unbiased candidates a greater understanding of the function of journalists in fostering democracy.
The target is to sensitise politicians on the function of journalists and to debate the function of political events in selling and defending the security of journalists to have the ability to successfully perform their mandate of informing and educating the general public.
Muhammed M.S. Bah, president of The Gambia Press Union, reminded individuals that as The Gambia goes in direction of one other cycle of nationwide elections, beginning with the presidential elections in 2021, there’s heightened threat of journalists being verbally and bodily attacked by supporters of political events.
This case, he added, is worrying provided that earlier politically-motivated assaults on the media and journalists have been performed with impunity.
Bah famous that this example unlikely to alter with out strategic and focused advocacy and sensitisation.
“On this drive, the GPU by its challenge funded by the Civil Society Fund of Denmark is holding this daylong discussion board to deliver all of the registered political events along with some seasoned journalists to have a frank dialog as to the right way to higher enhance the connection between the political events and the media.”
He additionally indicated that the discussion board is designed to function a platform to engineer higher understanding of the function of the media in enhancing democracy. It could talk about the plight of political events and guaranteeing that they sensitise political events on the function of journalists.
The transfer, he added, would additionally make them perceive their obligation to maintain journalists protected and secured throughout political occasions and handle how press conferences are held.
The discussion board, he added, is a part of GPU’s efforts in direction of selling and safeguarding the security and safety of journalists.
“Media performs a key function in guaranteeing free honest, clear and peaceable election. Subsequently, it will be important for media staff to have a free and beneficial ambiance in executing their duties all through the electoral cycle.”
He thus urged political events to safeguard the security of journalists and media staff in all instances.