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GPU president urges journalists to embrace election safety hotlines

Apr 8, 2022, 12:23 PM | Article By: Isatou Ceesay-Bah

Journalists over the years have faced assaults, most especially during political campaigns and elections. In order to mitigate such occurrences, The Gambia Press Union (GPU) came up with a safety strategic including the provision of safety hotline numbers for journalists and media workers to utilise whenever they sense threat or danger during the execution of their duties.

The Gambia Press Union president Muhammed S. Bah called on journalists and media workers to take the hotline seriously in order to protect themselves from any looming danger before, during and after the parliamentary elections.

M.S. Bah as he is widely referred to as stated that the hotlines are available to respond to the needs of journalists and media workers in terms of safety.

He added that journalists need to be availed of such platforms.

"This will help each one of us to stay safe and quickly reach out when the need arises. It is also a proactive response mechanism for the Gambia Press Union to easily get timely information in terms of safety as the parliamentary election nears. We need to put such mechanisms in place to be able to get relevant information whenever a journalist or media worker is in danger," he further said.

However, he indicated that they are not foreseeing any assaults from political party supporters, security forces or any other individual against journalists but it is important to prepare ahead the parliamentary elections.

Mr.Bah concluded by urging his colleagues to take all the numbers on the list as well as share them with others.

Meanwhile the numbers are as follows 7383000, 3012445, 7660179, and 9013137.

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