• Tue. Jul 9th, 2024

For A Free & Vibrant Media

GPU Leadership Embarks on Learning Visit to Kenya

Mar 4, 2024

The leadership of the Gambia Press Union (GPU) is in Nairobi this week on a learning visit to the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) and affiliates and allied media organisations.

The 4-8 March study tour forms part of activities being conducted by the GPU under the “EU-support to the consolidation of democratic dispensation in The Gambia (EU-CODE Project)”, which is being implemented by International IDEA.

L-R: KUJ Secretary General, Erick Oduor, interacts with GPU Secretary General Modou S. Joof, and GPU President Muhammed S. Bah at the KUJ offices in Nairobi, Kenya

The GPU leadership seeks to learn from the KUJ, among other things, best practices, experiences and successes on seeking redress to courts on labour issues, attacks on journalists, collective bargaining agreement implementation, managing membership and improving services and engagements with members.

“We are hoping to tap from the experiences of the KUJ, their proactive and successful approaches to advocacy for promoting media freedom and ethical standards, and improving working conditions of media workers through collective bargaining,” GPU President, Muhammed S. Bah, said on Monday.

“The successes that the KUJ registered in tackling labour-related issues with the aim of enhancing media workers’ welfare and successful membership drives and initiatives are things we can replicate or tailor such approaches to improve the welfare of Gambian media workers,” Bah said.

The Gambian media workers still endure poor working conditions, with limited resources to effectively and efficiently deliver on their mandate, and low wages and pay gaps that fall short of acceptable living standards. In addition, impunity persist for physical attacks on journalists and other media workers.

GPU leadership at the KUJ offices in Nairobi

“Improving and ensuring better working conditions, employee benefits and improving the safety and security of journalists and media workers has been a top priority for the GPU in recent years,” GPU Secretary General, Modou S. Joof, said.

“The KUJ, which is regarded as the ‘strongest affiliate’ journalists’ union in East Africa, has done some good work in terms of collective bargaining to improve work conditions, and have initiated and won labour-related cases in court on behalf of media workers. We hope to use these experiences in our quest to improve the welfare, safety and security of GPU members,” Joof said.

During the week, the GPU leadership which includes the President, Vice President Isatou Keita, Board Member Mainuna Bandeh, Secretary General, Programme Manager Samba Jawo, and the Accountant, Buba Fatty, will hold meetings with the following institutions in Kenya:

  • Kenya Union of Journalists
  • Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK)
  • Association of Freelance Journalists (AFJ)
  • Kenya Editors’ Guild
  • Media Council of Kenya (MCK)
  • Media Complaints Commission (MCC)
  • Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC)
L-R: David Indege, Programme Officer KUJ, Erick Oduor, KUJ SG, and Toepista Nabusoba, KUJ Treasurer at meeting with GPU leadership at KUJ offices in Nairobi

At a meeting with the KUJ on Monday, its Secretary General, Erick Oduor, hail the visit as a significant step to improving collaborations amongst sister journalists’ unions in Africa.

“We have similar mandates. It is important that we learn from each other and adopt best practices that will significantly enhance the welfare of journalists and media workers in Africa, and therefore, we are happy to receive you and to support you to a successful learning visit,”  Oduor said.

x  Powerful Protection for WordPress, from Shield Security
This Site Is Protected By
Shield Security