Gambia Migration Reporters say attacks on journalists is a threat to election reporting

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- The Migration Reporters’ Association of The Gambia (MiRAG) considers safety of journalists on red flag ahead of the December 4, 2021 presidential race to State House.

This concern was raised after journalist Buba Gagigo, of Kerr Fatou online media was allegedly assaulted by Ebrima E. Njie, a photographer to President Adama Barrow.

The young promising journalist was attacked and physically assaulted while covering President Barrow’s registration for his voter card on Wednesday in Banjul.

“MiRAG, therefore, condemns these attacks and call on the police to ensure that journalists are protected in the course of their coverage of public events including the electoral process,” the body said in a statement.

The dispatch attributed to Ousman A. Marong, MiRaG Secretary-General, said the police must also deal resolutely with all acts of election-related violence by arresting and ensuring the prosecution of the perpetrators.

“We urge all the political parties to educate their supporters to eschew violence in all forms, particularly against journalists, and to appreciate the role of the media in the electoral process,” it urged.

It could be recalled on April 19, 2021, a Prison Warden physically Attacked journalist Yankuba Jallow of Foroyaa Newspaper while covering a trial involving senior officials of the defunct National Intelligence Agency (NIA) now Security Intelligence Service (SIS).

“Remember these security personnel could have been the people to whom he would have run for protection in case the situation was out of hand,” it noted.

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