GPU President: launch of Gambia Freedom of Information Coalition historic, ground-breaking

Friday, February 09, 2018

President of The Gambia Press Union (GPU) said the inception meeting and launching of Gambia Freedom of Information Coalition is a historic and ground-breaking event in their efforts to make freedom of information a law in the country.

Bai Emil Touray said, GPU is elated to welcome the historic and ground-breaking event, saying it was just a new dawn that will provide the needed synergy to harmonise ‘us’ in our ongoing efforts for freedom of information.

Speaking at launching organised by the Union in collaboration with The Association of Non-Government Organisations (TANGO) on Tuesday, Mr. Touray said the setting up of the coalition will help greatly in their efforts have freedom of information law in the country.

The objective of the coalition is to harmonise ongoing freedom of information consultation process and involve civil society and local groups, not just a way of consultation but also ownership of the process and eventually put it into law.

The Gambian journalists’ trade union president emphasised the importance and need for a broad base consultation with stakeholders with the view to sensitise the public on the need for freedom of information in place and how information can be accessible to ordinary Gambians.

Madi Jobarteh, deputy executive director of TANGO said the freedom of information law would be an important protection tool particularly for civil society organisation.

Ndey Tapha Soseh, special adviser to the Ministry of Information, Communication and Infrastructure reiterated the political will of the government to freedom of expression.

Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko