Jan 28, 2021, 2:42 PM
Legislators of the Public Enterprises Committee (PEC) of the National Assembly have warned they may take action against the Public Utilities and Regulatory Authority (PURA) if it failed to appear for a second time.
“Whilst the Authority has continually advocated for the development of a free, independent and democratic media space, certain actions will not be tolerated.
The Authority in its drive to ensure media plurality welcomes interactive radio programming in the form of call-ins and online loops; these platforms however are degenerating into platforms for abuse through the constant use of insults and unsavory language antithetical to the cultural norms and values of Gambian society. In addition, it has come to the attention of the Authority that some stations are playing uncensored music with graphic language during peak daytime hours especially. Broadcasters are hereby requested to actively moderate call-ins and live programs.
Section 238(1)(k) of the IC Act 2009 requires licensees to store sound and video recordings of all programmes for a period of 3 months. The Authority shall conduct monitoring visits in this regard to all licensees to ensure adherence to these provisions.
As a final note of caution, all radio station owners are hereby warned to devise programming per the tenets of the IC Act, Individual Radio Station Licenses and the Broadcasting Code of Conduct. Failure to do so shall result in enforcement action against default licensees as per the provisions of the PURA Act, IC Act and relevant broadcasting regulations.
Whilst the Authority remains resolved to actively monitor the content of all broadcasting stations, the general public is also urged to report any instances of the use of abusive and foul language on any broadcast platform by calling the Authority’s toll-free line 148 (free of charge).
Compliance by all broadcast providers is expected.”
It has come to the notice of the National Human Rights Commission that Major Wassa Camara, in his testimony before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission on 17th November, 2020, mentioned the name of one Mr. Sowe as part of a panel who interviewed him in 2006 following a foiled coup d’état. That the said Mr. Sowe, he was ‘made to understand’, now works at the Human Rights Commission.
Gambian legendary footballer, Alh. Momodou Njie, alias Briri Biri was laid to rest on Wednesday 22 July 2020 at the Jeshwang Cemetery, with President Adama Barrow leading a tribute at his memorial service.