About Us


Our History

    • The Gambia Press Union (GPU) was established on April 20, 1979, as the umbrella organisation for media professionals in The Gambia. With trade union and professional pursuits, the Union is mandated to safeguard the welfare of media professionals and promote press freedom.
    • The registration is a culmination of a number of attempts that were frustrated. The first attempt to register an association of journalists was made in the 1940s following the enactment of the Newspaper Registration Act, 1934. The efforts led by Edward Francis Small curtailed by the colonial government, who would block another attempt in 1956. Following the attainment of independence in 1965, another attempt was made but it was again rejected. A breakthrough was eventually made in 1979. The founding fathers include William Dixon-Colley, Deyda Hydara, Baa Tarawale, M.B. Jones, Ngange Thomas and Pap Saine.
    • In over four decades of its existence, the Union has evolved from an organisation whose members used to gather under a veranda, to a prominent national labour and media rights organisation of international repute. The GPU now boasts of a rapidly increasing membership base of more than five hundred regular and freelance media professionals from print, radio, TV and online. The Union has a functioning Executive Committee that provides strategic leadership and effective oversight; a highly motivated and qualified staff that run its day-to-day affairs; and an expanding network of national and international partners that provide platform for opportunities of funding and contributing to the promotion of shared values and interests.
    • The GPU is one of most democratic and resilient organisations in the country. The Union has since its inception been holding periodic congress and change of leadership seven times since.

Bio of board members

    • Sheriff Bojang Jnr
    • Mustapha K. Darboe
    • Mariatou Ngum
    • Pa Modou Faal
    • Sarjo Camara-Singateh
    • Mustapha Mbye
    • KEBBA JEFFANG

Organisational Structure

    • Affiliates
    • Member/Partner Organisations
    • General Assembly
    • Executive Committee
    • Secretariat
    • Adhoc committees
  • General Assembly
    • The GPU is a membership-based organisation. The Union has more FIVE HUNDRED registered members who form the General Assembly, which is the highest decision making body of the Union. Membership is open to news and information professionals from state-owned, private and community-owned media of all types – print, radio, TV and online. Students and journalism trainers are also members.
    • The GPU convenes a General Meeting at least once every two months. Through this, members discuss and where necessary, make decisions on the work of the Union and key press freedom and welfare issues. Media professionals who are not registered do take part in the Union’s activities but do not have voting rights.

  • Executive Committee
    • The GPU Executive Committee is responsible for formulation of the Union’s policies and programmes. It exercises oversight over the Secretariat and comprises eight elected members and Secretary General who is appointed. The members are elected at the Congress of the General Assembly held every three years. The Executive Committee is headed by the President, who is assisted by a vice president.
    • The GPU convenes a General Meeting at least once every two months. Through this, members discuss and where necessary, make decisions on the work of the Union and key press freedom and welfare issues. Media professionals who are not registered do take part in the Union’s activities but do not have voting rights.

    • Vice President
    • Treasurer
    • President
    • Secretary General
    • Ethics and Disciplinary
    • Gender and Welfare
    • Programmes
  • The Ethics and Disciplinary Committee
    • This committee comprises seven people. Two of them are elected GPU Executive Committee members and five are coopted from among the members, in their diversity in terms of gender, type of media, expertise and responsibilities. One of the elected executive members serves as chair.
    • The committee is responsible for handling complaints over allegations of abuse and violation by a member. It presides over applications for media accreditation and press jackets.

  • Chair person
  • Vice chair
  • Member
  • Member
  • Member
  • Member
  • Member
  • Member
  • Secretary/Program Manager
  • Gender and Welfare Committee
    • This committee comprises seven people. Two of them are elected GPU Executive Committee members and five are coopted from among the members, in their diversity in terms of gender, type of media, expertise and responsibilities. One of the elected executive members serves as chair.
    • The committee is responsible for handling complaints and formulation policies around issues of gender and welfare of journalists, such as sexual harassment, discrimination, inequality and broader labour rights issues.

    • Chair person
    • Vice chair
    • Member
    • Member
    • Member
    • Member
    • Member
    • Member
    • Secretary/Program Manager
  • Programmes Committee
  • This Committee is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the range of programmes implemented by the secretariat. It comprises three elected members of the Executive Committee.

  • Chair person
  • Vice chair
  • Member
  • Member
  • Secretary/Program Manager
  • Secretariat
  • The Secretary General is appointed by the Executive Committee and serves as the chief executive officer of The GPU. He/she sits on the committee to take minutes and guide discussions
  • Accountant
  • Secretariat
  • Programme Manager
  • Programme Officer for Freedom of Expression
  • Programme Officer for welfare & media development
  • Programme Officer for Communication
  • Programme Assistant (General)
  • Programme Assistant for Communications
  • Interns
  • Security
  • Cleaner
  • Member Organisations
  • The GPU is a member of a number of local and international organisations with shared interest. These include
    • IFJ-FAJ
    • The International Federation of Journalists is the world’s largest organisation of journalists. It has an Africa affiliate called the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ). As a member, the GPU contributes to the freedom and development of the media around the world.
    • IFEX-AFEX
    • International Freedom of Expression Exchange (Ifex) is the world’s largest network of civil society organisations involved in freedom of expression advocacy. The GPU was accepted into the network in 2019 and has since been contributing to the promotion of freedom of expression rights at the global stage.
    • ACHPR
    • The Africa Commission on Human and Peoples Rights is the human rights organ of the African Union. The body has granted an Observer Status to the GPU in 2015 and the Union has since engaged actively with the Commission.
    • MFWA
    • The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is a non-profit media rights organisation covering the West Africa sub-region.
    • CPA
    • Child Protection Alliance is a consortium of child rights organisations in The Gambia. The GPU is an institutional member of the Alliance, and through our partnership, the Union has built the capacity of journalists and developed standards in reporting children’s issues in the Gambia.
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Our Staff

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    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
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Our Staff

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Our Staff

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Our Staff

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Our Staff

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    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
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Our Staff

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    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant
    • Programme Officer
    • Programme officer

Our Staff

    • Secretary General
    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant
    • Programme Officer
    • Programme officer

Our Staff

    • Secretary General
    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant
    • Programme Officer
    • Programme officer

Our Staff

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    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant
    • Programme Officer
    • Programme officer

Our Staff

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    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant
    • Programme Officer
    • Programme officer

Our Staff

    • Secretary General
    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant
    • Programme Officer
    • Programme officer

Our Staff

    • Secretary General
    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant
    • Programme Officer
    • Programme officer

Our Staff

    • Secretary General
    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant
    • Programme Officer
    • Programme officer

Our Staff

    • Secretary General
    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant
    • Programme Officer
    • Programme officer

Our Staff

    • Secretary General
    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant
    • Programme Officer
    • Programme officer

Our Staff

    • Secretary General
    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant
    • Programme Officer
    • Programme officer

Our Staff

    • Secretary General
    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant
    • Programme Officer
    • Programme officer

Our Staff

    • Secretary General
    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant
    • Programme Officer
    • Programme officer

Our Staff

    • Secretary General
    • Programme Manager
    • Senior Programme Officer
    • Accountant
    • IT Programme Assistant
    • Programme Assistant