Eye Africa Cautioned For Dropping QTV Logo At in Truth Commission coverage

Thursday, January 10th, 2019
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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: The Eye Africa TV is compelled to close its studio covering the proceedings at the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) over stance to place writing in the place of a private TV contracted by the commission.

This decision comes after four days of unsuccessful access to broadcast the public hearings.

The Truth Commission which began sittings on Monday in the Gambia is set up to deal with human rights violations of the former regime of president Jammeh ruled the country from 1994 to 2016.

Prior to the start of sittings, the TRRC assured the media of access to live feeds and rebroadcast content through the commission’s host media, QTV.

However, the broadcast access given to the Eye TV on Wednesday was interrupted later in the day. The commission media unit said the disconnection was due to ‘internal technical issues’ that it hoped to fix ahead of the next day.

“We connected to an output featuring a logo of a private TV, QTV but when we replaced that logo with that of Eye TV in our broadcast, we were cut off because they were angry about that”, Says Eye Africa CEO Lamin Kanteh.

He said that the promise to provide the media with records of the proceedings by the end of each day is not fulfilled. “It is nearly 72 hours after the second proceedings that we are unable to receive video footage even for our rebroadcast programmes.”

This in the view of Eye Africa was not the agreement communicated and that it is unfair to be forced to promote the interest of another media outlet in this national duty.

“We wanted to pack since yesterday but we were told that the issue will be sorted out today but we were caution by the commission not to modify our graphics”, says Kanteh.

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