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Constitution

Policies

The Gambia Press Union (GPU) made the Legal Assistance Policy (LAP) to provide the legal basis for support to its members in circumstances in which they would require assistance. The policy stems from the core mandate of the Union to provide support and assistance to its membership in the face of adversity and threats which may hamper their work of gathering and disseminating information.

GPU legal assistance and membership policy

This Policy draws inspiration from the Constitution and relevant laws of the Gambia including the Sexual Offences Act 2013, the Criminal Code, the Labor Act 2007, the Women's Act 2010 as well as the Domestic Violence Act 2013.

Work Place Sexual Harassment Policy for the media in the Gambia

 

Code of Conduct for Media Practitioners

The Gambian Press Union has commissioned this research to provide up-to-date and consistent information the working conditions for journalists and media workers in the Gambia. It provides insight to inform the GPU, education and training providers, employers and the Government on the development of the media industry in the Gambia.

Cherno Jallow Charter of Ethics for Journalists

Research

The Gambia Press Union (GPU) representing journalists working in the private media (and the
public/State media), namely, radio, newspapers, television and online, freelance journalists and
media workers in the private media (and public/State media).

GPU Collective Bargaining Agreement Working Draft

The Gambian Press Union has commissioned this research to provide up-to-date and consistent information the working conditions for journalists and media workers in the Gambia. It provides insight to inform the GPU, education and training providers, employers and the Government on the development of the media industry in the Gambia.

Research report on working conditions of the media workers in The Gambia​

This research is carried on behalf of the Gambia Press Union (GPU) and the University of The Gambia Students’ Union (UTGSU). The task is to establish the magnitude and map out the ecosystem of hate speech in the Gambia media, covering both legacy media and social media. Further, to suggest ways of tackling it.

Research on Hate Speech in the Gambia Media

Reports

This report is a joint project between the Gambia Press Union (GPU), Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC), and Panos Institute of Southern Africa (PASf). The project aims to Promote Transparency and Accountability in Electoral Processes in Africa. The report specifically focuses on the extent to which relevant electoral stakeholders proactively disclose electoral information.

The State of Access to Information and Elections in The Gambia

Based on UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators (MDI) that function as a reference framework for various national applications, this handbook assesses the state of media development in The Gambia during the research period 2019-2021. The MDI are a global research standard endorsed by UNESCO’s intergovernmental committee of 39 Member States, called the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). Under the guidance of a national steering committee chaired by the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI), this stock-taking on the Gambian media sector aims to contribute to supporting the democratic transition in The Gambia. Although some planned reforms announced since 2017 concerning the rights to freedom of expression and others are yet to be finalized, the report finds that the media environment has improved considerably since the new government came into power. In the context of a rising internet penetration rate, reportedly from 17% in 2015 to 51% in 2022, direct censorship of the internet has ceased and online information is better accessible. Journalists generally rate their current situation as relatively safe. Public trust in the media has generally improved since the new democratic dispensation. Although there is a slow pace of legal reform, there is however cautious optimism about government’s commitment to repeal laws inherited from the previous regime. Aiming for a Gambian media landscape which is supportive of freedom of expression and the safety of journalists, as well as conducive to media freedom, sustainability, autonomy, and pluralism, the country report moreover formulates data-driven, context-specific, and action-oriented recommendations to the government, civil society organizations, development partners and media.

Assessment of Media Development in Gambia 2019-2021

The right of Access to Information guaranteed by Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) is an invaluable component of democracy, as it goes a long way in facilitating participation in public affairs. Its significance is underpinned by the fact that it’s a cross-cutting right necessary for the realization of other fundamental human rights, including the right to participate in government directly or through freely chosen representatives, as guaranteed by Article 13 of the African Charter.

Guidelines on Access to Information and Election in Africa

Training Manuals

People need more accurate, reliable information now more than ever. As the world fights
the coronavirus pandemic, they would rely on journalists to provide them with such unsullied
life-saving informative and educative stories.

GPU Coronavirus Safety and Reporting Guide for Journalist

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