Mrs Davies has a long-standing career and wealth of experience in the media and government and brings with her a voice of authority and expertise in media policy. She joins the Media Council as a representative of the government. Her replacement, Ms Jeng, was the representative of The Gambia Bar Association on the Council. The Bar has since appointed Mr Abdoulie Fatty, a private lawyer, as Ms Jeng’s replacement.
Similarly, the Council has also sworn-in Mr Junkung Jobarteh as Executive Secretary last week. Mr Jobarteh is an experienced and knowledgeable Gambian lawyer with a proven record of professionalism and integrity. He holds a 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.
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.