Journalists Barred From Covering National Assembly

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As Gambians joined the rest of the world to observe International Day of Democracy, the National Assembly has put up restrictive measures to prevent a good number of news outlets from covering the proceedings of the country’s lawmaking body.
“There is no iota of doubt that the National Assembly Director of Communication, Gibairu Janneh, is teaming up with the House Speaker Mariam Jack Denton to launch a fierce attack on the media,” a source familar with the story told this medium under conditions of anonymity.
On Monday, the State-owned Gambia Radio Television Services (GRTS), and two privately owned media entities (QTV and Eye Africa TV) were exclusively granted press pass. Other news outlets were denied access, provoking storms of public outcry. The Gambia Press Union (GPU) was quick to dissociate itself from a decision that many observers have described as “discriminatory.”
Our source, who has been following every details of the story, confided to this reporter that Gibairu Janneh made it clear to him that the covering of the First Reading of the draft Constitution was restricted.
Janneh declined to comment when asked whether he can explain the main reasons behind the move they have Taken.
Despite several calls placed on his cell phone, he blatantly opted to turn a deaf ear to attempt to shine a light on the unfolding controversy facing the Parliament.
Meanwhile, talks are underway between top GPU Executive members and National Assembly officials. Both parties are expected to make a significant headway in the fight against arbitrary.
Written by Abdoulie John
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