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Media Council swears in Executive Secretary, Ethics Panel

May 14, 2020

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.

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