have been debating whether there is or no press tolerance and freedom in The Gambia at a recent inter-school debate
competition held at Masroore Senior Secondary school in Old Yundum. The debate
was titled “There is no press tolerance and no freedom of the press in The
Momodou Lamin Ceesay and Jalika Kinteh, students of Masroore senior secondary school argued against the motion, defending that there is press tolerance in The Gambia, saying that the country has been in dictatorship during the former government and there was no press freedom like it is today.
They said the current government has improved a lot by giving freedom to the press. “Now, Gambians can face the press and express their opinion and even hold government responsible of its actions because of the colony of press freedom.”
But Kaddijatou Bangura and Abubakar Tukpah of Sheikh Hamdan senior secondary school, who stood for the motion argued that the press freedom that was promised by the government is not what is prevailing. “They said that their first priority will be the media but today, journalists are being tortured and arrested for no reason and nobody will dare to say anything.”
They argued that, if there was press tolerance in The Gambia then journalist should be allowed to spread information to the people. “During the teachers strike journalists were one time barred from covering it,” the two kids argued.
Gambia Press Union (GPU) President Sheriff Bojang jr. was the speaker of the occasion and gave a motivational statement to the students on how to become a journalist.
He explained to them how he started to become who he is today. He encourage them to make the debate sustainable.