GPU VP calls on journalists to exercise professionalism in election reporting

Aug 12, 2021, 12:48 PM | Article By: Sulayman Waan

Muhammed M.S. Bah, vice president of The Gambia Press Union has said journalists and media houses should work according to the dictates of the media code of conduct in order to remain professional and gain the public's trust. 

“When covering the entire election process, journalists and their media houses should work according to the dictate of the code of ethics in order to remain professional and to gain public trust,” Bah told journalists on Monday during the opening of journalists’ training on election reporting ahead of December elections; held at a local hotel in Senegambia.

The Gambia goes to the polls on 4th December to elect a new leader who will steer the affairs of the country for the next five years. With  as many political parties emerging in the political arena ahead of the first ever post dictatorship presidential elections, a tight race to State House is anticipated.

However, Bah said: “The role of journalists in elections is broad and includes not only informing and educating the public but also providing the platform for various electoral stakeholders and the public to fully participate in the electoral process.”

Bah, also editor for the Foroyaa Newspaper, said media has a crucial role in ensuring the electoral process is credible, as well as make sure that the election is held in a free, fair, and transparent manner.

He therefore commended the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) and its funding agency, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for partnering with the Gambia Press Union in building capacity of journalists on election reporting.