Friday, July 1, 2016

South Sudan: Rights Body Says Can't Consider Communications Against African Country


South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July, 2011 but internal fighting is standing in the way of the country's progress and brought about widespread human rights abuses, according to agencies. (Photo taken from BBC)

Gambia Lacks Minimum Standards To Eliminate Human Trafficking - Report


In West Africa, traffickers pose as Koranic school teachers and force young students to beg for food and money instead of allowing them to gain an education. In Europe, traffickers subject children—including Roma and disabled children—to forced begging. In South Asia, some traffickers maim children before subjecting them to forced begging to increase the children’s profits. (Photo taken from TIP 2016)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Hundreds Pay Last Respect to Legendary Broadcaster, George Christensen

Mr. Christensen was known to be an ardent advocate for press freedom and freedom of expression and had endured burns and questioning in attacks including arson on his radio. Photo Credit: M.S.Joof/FPI/TNBES

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the late George Christensen‘s house and attended a church service in Fajara on Friday to pay their last respect to the legendary broadcast journalist.

Mr. Christensen, 64, died on June 3, 2016 when he returned to Banjul after attending the second ‘International Civil Society Forum on The Gambia’ in Dakar, Senegal ahead of the ECOWAS Summit.

Local journalists in Banjul say his death is a “big loss” and has brought “sad times” for the Gambian media.

His coffin was covered with a white piece of cloth that carried his name, age, a logo of The Gambia Press Union and the inscription: “Defender of Freedom of Expression.”

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Ecowas Says Using Social Media to Attain Regional Integration



The sub-regional economic bloc, Ecowas, says it is now using social media platforms to reach a wider audience, increase awareness among Ecowas citizens and to attain regional integration.

For the first time since the Ecowas Commission was established in 1975, in April 2015 it opened accounts on Facebook (Ecowas_Cedeao), Twitter (@ecowas_cedeao), and YouTube (ECOWAS_CEDEAO).

The Commission also uses parallel media – print media, broadcast and online media simultaneously – to work towards achieving an “Ecowas of the People” and Vision 2020, the director of the Communication’s Directorate, Sandra Oulate F. Elleingand said.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Gambian Media Mourns Death of Legendary Broadcaster, George Christensen


George at Civil Society Forum (Photo credit: Sainey MK Marenah)
Local journalists in Banjul have described the death of Mr. George Christensen, the founder and proprietor of Radio 1 FM as “a big loss and a sad day for The Gambian media.”

Mr. Christensen, 64, died on June 3, 2016 when he returned to Banjul after attending the second ‘International Civil Society Forum on The Gambia’ in Dakar, Senegal ahead of the ECOWAS Summit. 

The veteran radio journalist, commonly referred to as Uncle George by young journalists, trained some of the finest journalists, and bloggers in The Gambia – some of whom owned radio stations and online multimedia news outlets.  

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