A media football tournament organized by Gambia Press Union affiliate, the YOUNG JOURNALISTS’ ASSOCIATION OF THE GAMBIA – YJAG, kicks off today at the Serekunda East Mini-Stadium.
The competition is meant to promote journalism ethics and professionalism by instilling adherence to the Cherno Jallow Charter of Ethics for Journalist – an industrywide code of conduct developed by the GPU.
Pre-match kickoff statements to remind journalists of their ethical and journalistic obligations and social responsibilities will be delivered by the GPU and the Media Council of The Gambia, the independent media regulator across all fixtures.
Today, the GPU President Muhammed S. Bah, opened the tournament with the Official Kickoff in a match between Star TV/FM and The Standard Newspaper.
“I am urging all participants in the tournament to use the opportunity to build strong relationship as comrades, and to always uphold our ethical obligations as journalists and media workers,” Bah said.
He also called for the organisation of a parallel competition for women journalists to be held in collaboration with GPU affiliate, the Women Journalists Association of The Gambia (WoJAG).
Other teams in the tournament, which will be played until April 2023, are Paradise TV/FM, Foroyaa Newspaper, The Point Newspaper, Freelance Journalists, Online Media, and Journalism Students.
The GPU presented two balls to YJAG as match balls for the competition.