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Media Council swears in Executive Secretary, Ethics Panel

  • 14 May 2020
  • The Gambia Press Union
  • GPU, FAJARA: May 14: The Media Council of The Gambia (MCG) has sworn-in Mr Junkung

    Jobarteh as Executive Secretary at a low-key event held today - Thursday May 14 - at the

    headquarters of the Gambia Press Union (GPU) in Fajara.

  • Mr Jobarteh is an experienced and knowledgeable Gambian lawyer with a proven record of

    professionalism and integrity. He holds master’s degree in law, LLB and BA in English and

    History. He undertook a certificate-level course in Freedom of Expression at University of

    Pretoria.


    Until his appointment, Mr Jobarteh was the head of legal affairs at the Public Utilities

    Regulatory (PURA), a semi-independent body regulating utilities, including broadcast media. He

    previously worked as a magistrate and presided over the industrial tribunal as well as criminal

    and civil cases. He has also worked as a journalist and child rights activist.


    Meanwhile, the event also witnessed the swearing-in of two of the three members of the Ethics

    Panel of the Council; Mr Madi Jobarteh, a civil society leader and Mr Salieu Taal, a prominent

    lawyer and president of The Gambia Bar Association. The third member of the 3-person panel,

    Mrs Amie Joof-Cole, a veteran journalist and gender rights activist is expected to take her oath

    in the coming days.


    The event was presided over by Mr. Nana Grey Johnson, chairman of the MCG. The veteran

    journalist and dean of School of Journalism and Digital Media congratulated officials of the

    Council and thanked them for accepting to be part of the self-regulatory mechanism for the

    media industry. He said the panel will serve as a moral pillar for those who need a voice. He

    also reminded the newly sworn in members that the nation and the people are depending on

    them.


    Mr Saikou Jammeh, the Secretary General of the GPU described the swearing-in event as a big

    achievement for The Gambia, noting that ‘we are about to succeed in something many African

    countries are yet to achieve’. He said the Gambia’s Media Council model is the first of its kind in

    West Africa and beats all other Councils in Africa in terms of quality and diversity of

    representation.


    About the MCG

    The Media Council was established by the GPU in December, 2018, as an independent self-

    regulatory mechanism for addressing public complaints against the conduct of journalists.

    The Council is a one-stop-shop mechanism that will regulate editorial content across all media

    platforms – print, radio, television and online – by monitoring compliance of, and implementing

    the industry-wide code of conduct that establishes ethical standards for journalism in The

    Gambia.


    The Council is governed by an 11-member Governing Council, comprising representatives from

    the government, media, civil society, private sector, women rights activists and differently able

    groups. The Governing Council has a dual role of exercising oversight over secretariat and

    serving as appeal panel while the Ethics Panel presides over public complaints with respect to media publications.