Foreign Minister Momodou Tangara’s revelations that the former President of The Gambia Press Union Ndey Tapha Sosseh used to email him GPU matters and photos are worrisome revelations to say the least. Journalistic ethics dictates that journalists should always endeavor to keep a distance between them and public officials. That cardinal journalistic rule, seeks among other things to preventing journalists from not being compromised or manipulated by the Executive branch of government or those outside government auricles.
Going through Tangara’s rebuttal letter to Ndey’s TRRC testimony, one could safely conclude that there was an intimate relationship between the two. The two were good friends during dictator Jammeh’s rule.
The content of the alleged GPU communication matters that Tangara claimed were being forwarded to him by Ndey, should be shared with the TRRC.
The Minister has been accused of working with Jammeh to facilitate the extradition of Ndey from Mali. Tangara thinks that he deems it imperative to defend himself by disclosing private communications that transpired between him and Ms. Sosseh.
Tangara also said his former Malian Foreign Minister counterpart can bear him witness for having asked the Malian authorities to help protect Ndey Tapha, following Jammeh’s threat of liquidating his perceived enemies.
Foreign Ministers around the world often oversee the covert activities of intelligence agencies of a given country overseas. All intelligence Diplomatic cables passes through their hands.
Tangara is now telling us that Ndey Tapha Sosseh was his former ally in the media. He is claiming that he has possession of GPU related emails and photographs that were allegedly sent to him by Ms. Sosseh. He also said he onetime selected Ndey Tapha out of the lot among Gambia’s media to represent The Gambia at a conference that was held in Mali. Interesting revelations.