28 November 2012

Gambia: Teranga FM, Daily News and the Standard Are Still Unofficially Banned What Is the Position of the New Minister?

When Minister Bala Jahumpa was appointed one of the major complaints of the media houses was that the Ministry of Information Communication and Information Technology had no Minister and was being tele-guided from the state house.

Foroyaa highlighted the urgent need for the Minister to look into the unofficial order given to the proprietors of The Daily News, The Standard and Taranga FM to shut down.

One expected the Minister to be proactive in visiting media houses and other media establishments like the headquarters of the GPU to find out issues of concern to the media community. We strongly advise him to do so. GRTS is missing a lot of opportunity in getting international recognition and support because of the failure to meet international standards in broadcasting divergent views and dissenting opinion.

The private media could also mobilise funds to establish radio stations and TV stations and provide employment and amplify every happening in the country and abroad to earn the country the image of being an open society.

A Government that will not facilitate its citizens getting access to resources that would enable them to establish media houses becomes a fetter to the development of the media. Such a government cannot be seen as a progressive government.

We urge the media fraternity to come together and work out an agenda in preparation to engage the Minister to find out whether he is appointed to make a difference.

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