Media Council of The Gambia Has a New Executive Secretary

Mr. Touray, a former President of the GPU, takes over from the outgoing Executive Secretary of the MCG, Junkung Jobarteh, who was appointed in April 2020 and began his tenure of service after he was sworn-in office in May.
By: The Gambia Press Union 
The Media Council of The Gambia (MCG) on October 11, 2021, welcomed its new Executive Secretary, Bai Emil Touray, at a handing over ceremony held at the premises of the Gambia Press Union where the Secretariat of the MCG is housed.
Mr. Touray, a former President of the GPU, takes over from the outgoing Executive Secretary of the MCG, Junkung Jobarteh, who was appointed in April 2020 and began his tenure of service after he was sworn-in office in May.
The MCG was established by the GPU in December 2018 as an independent self-regulatory mechanism for addressing public complaints against the conduct of journalists.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony on Monday, the MCG Chairperson, Bubabacarr Cham, expressed gratitude for the services that Mr. Jobarteh had rendered in his time as Executive Secretary, and congratulated him on the successes he registered at the MCG.
In May 2020, the MCG, which is tasked with arbitrating complaints about media reports without relying on state intervention, began presiding over cases of ethical violation by journalists and media houses.
Within a year and five months, the MCG received nine (9) complaints of ethical violations, five (5) of which were resolved, three (3) were withdrawn, and one (1) case is ongoing.
Mr. Cham also welcomed the new MCG new Executive Secretary, Mr. Touray, who possesses a distinguished record of advocating for the rights and interests of journalists in The Gambia.
He also thanked the GPU for its continuous support to the Council. He said the self-regulatory body needs more support to achieve its aims and objectives and to effectively execute its mandate.
Also speaking at the MCG Office on Monday, the outgoing executive secretary Mr. Jobarteh said he was emotional about leaving the Council, but was sure his successor would be up to the task. “I strongly believe that the MCG will be in great hands under the leadership of Mr. Touray,” he said.
Upon assuming his new role, Mr. Touray thanked the outgoing Executive Secretary and called for his support in the time of transition. He also “pledged to do his best to achieve the short-term and long-term goals of the Council.”
The MCG was formed as a result of collaborative efforts between government and civil society actors working for media reform following the end of the Jammeh-era dictatorship.
The Council is a one-stop-shop mechanism that regulates editorial content across all media platforms – print, radio, television and online – by monitoring compliance of, and implementing the industry-wide code of conduct that establishes ethical standards for journalism in The Gambia.
The Council is governed by an 11-member Governing Council, comprising representatives from the government, media, civil society, private sector, women rights activists and differently able groups.
The Governing Council has a dual role of exercising oversight over the Secretariat and serving as an Appeals Panel, while the Ethics Panel presides over public complaints with respect to media publications.
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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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