GPU prexy Sheriff Junior must resign for assault on journalist

By Sainey Darboe

The profanity-laden assault on Fatu Network editor,Lamin Njie, by no less than the president of Gambian journalists,Sheriff Bojang,defies conceptual grasp.

I have known Sheriff Junior for well nigh on a decade , and throughout he had been a gentleman par excellence. But what I saw in that video is not a sophisticated reaction to a purely innocuous enquiry by Lamin Njie. Yes, we hold him to a higher standard of conduct because he was, until now, a well respected Gambian journalist who perpetrated an assault on a journalist in the glare of rolling cameras to the point of using a profanity.

That’s totally unacceptable and makes his position as president and defender of Gambian journalists untenable. He should resign because he has lost the moral high ground to represent the interests of Gambian journalists.

To have a GPU president who didn’t have qualms about launching a vitriolic attack on a fellow journalist, memorialized in a viral video,  is nothing short of an insult to the memories of slain Gambian journalists like Deyda Hydara and Chief Manneh.

And let me put it better: If he cannot conduct himself with decorum at the point of supreme challenge he doesn’t deserve to represent Gambian journalists.

It is high time for  Gambian journalists to put an end to his presidency because he has dishonored the position and profession by his contempt of all journalistic ethics and basic human decency.

Sainey Darboe is a a US-based Gambian journalist and editor of Gunjuronline. The views expressed in his article are personal views of the author.

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