Information minister apologises to private media

Monday, May 06, 2019

The minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, Ebrima Sillah, during the commemoration of World Press Freedom Day on Friday publicly apologised for the comments he made recently while addressing President Adama Barrow’s supporters at State House.

According to Mr. Sillah, his message was misunderstood after urging citizens to be following the state broadcaster for any factual news about government.

His comments did not go down well with the public especially the private media and was heavily criticised for his comments.

Sillah who claimed his comments may have been taken out of context while addressing the gathering, still went on to admit his mistake and took full responsibility for his words.

“On a personal note before I conclude, I’ll also like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise for what I have said and was misunderstood,’’ he pointed out. The president of the union (GPU) and the vice president Mr. Mustapha Darboe reached out to me. We had a lengthy discussion over this and I said even though the real meaning was taken out of context, it is important that when the vast majority of people think that you have erred which is human, you be humble enough to accept. And that being the case, I say as journalists themselves, myself maybe I should have said those things far better,’’ he continued. “But it was not in any way as being propelled that Ebrima Sillah is against freedom of information that is far from the reality.”

“But as human beings, you need to be humble enough to accept what the majority think even if it’s not the case, you have to do it in the interest of the country and the democracy we all fought for.”

“So on behalf of the government of The Gambia, I want to take this opportunity to assure the Gambian media of our unflinching support and commitment to what we all worked for.’’

Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko