A sub regional workshop on conflict prevention, peacekeeping and the promotion of human right is underway in
In delivering a statement on the occasion, Ibrahim Famakan Coulibally, the President of the West African Journalist Assiciation (WAJA) told the participants that WAJA apart from it efforts in building the capacity of its members in the sub region, is as well very much concern about the safety of its members. He said WAJA is still worried that the investigation into the killing of Deyda Hydara is still an unfinished work.The disappearance of Chief Ebrima Manneh is also a big concern to the WAJA as a sub regional body.
President Coulibally also raised concern about the situation of press freedom in Mouritania and the worsening situation of the media in
He appealed to donors to continue supporting WAJA as it is the only professional body that operates in the region and stood firm for the promotion of the welfare of journalists in the region.
In her statement the Secretary of State for Information, Communication and Information Technology, Mrs. Fatim Badgie , told the participants that the Gambia government do recognized the role of journalists and do respect press freedom. she said over the years her government has an improved relationship with the media.
She told the participants that press freedom should go with responsibilities. The kind of conflict in
Ndey Tapha Sosseh, the president of the Gambia Press Union, who also is second VP of WAJA, told the workshop that this training is done in collaboration with WAJA. She said it will be one of exchange of ideas and will be insightful. The end product will be a production of a code of conduct. She urge all to take up the training seriously.