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A Boost for the Gambian Media

May 27, 2009, 9:29 AM | Article By: Isatou Dumbuya

The Gambian media has been boosted with at least thirty young journalists completing a three week intensive capacity building workshop.

The forum was organised by the African Center for Democracy and Human Rights ACDHRS in collaboration with the UNDP has come to a close on Friday the 22nd of May 2009.

The retreat which brought together about 30 journalists from both the electronic and print media aimed at training young journalists on basic journalism skills.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Mr. Basiru Jahumpa of the UNDP said that he was quiet impressed with the turn the workshop has taken at the beginning. He said that the capacity building workshop which included assignments, test and class works was a rare activity carried out in workshops. He also gave the ACDHRS and UNDP a pat in the back for their immense support.

 'It is realized that without a vibrant media the Gambian journalists would not be able to fully discharge the constitutional watchdog role of holding the government, its institutions and other sector players accountable to the Gambian people in accordance with the constitution and the rule of law,' said Mr. Swaebou Conateh the lead consultant of the workshop.

Hannah Forster the executive Director of ACDHRS encouraged the trainees to continue the good work and to go by the ethics and code of conduct of journalism so as to bring in news to create awareness, since they have undergone the relevant training.

The trainees at the end of the ceremony were awarded certificates and gifts. The members of the best group C were given a Macmillan Dictionary each. The best student Musa Barrow of Foroyaa was given a digital camera.

'The training was very impressive and worth while, like I said to the others it is very intensive, academic oriented and professionally stable,' said Shekou Jammeh a participant from The Voice.

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