On the 27th edition of World Press Freedom Day, The Gambia Press Union paid tribute to journalism and journalists who have been killed in line of duty.
In a statement on Sunday, the union said this year’s commemoration coming at a time the world is grappling with the corona virus pandemic, poses enormous challenges to the freedom and development of the media.
Globally, dozens of journalists have already been killed in pursuit of stories by the virus, besides those who have been killed in the first quarter of 2020.
On the theme for this year’s commemoration: ‘Journalism without fear or favour’, the Gambia Press Union called on journalists to honour their social contract with people, more so in these trying times.
The GPU renewed call on the government, through the Ministry of Health, to provide support that is critically needed to promote effective reporting and protect journalists from COVID-19.
The union noted that reporters are front-line workers who are putting their lives at risk in order to keep the public informed more details in this video