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Gambian journalist elected to UN board of directors

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He told The Standard: “After joining the organisation in 2013, I was asked by the president whether I would be interested to serve on the board of directors for the CCCUN. I agreed and she nominated me to contest and I won. There were three vacant positions and four candidates contested.”

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Established in 1946, the committee is a not-for-profit civil society organisation affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information and the United Nations Economic and Social Council. 

“Part of my job would be to write articles for the organisation’s website and tweet,” Buya added. “I will also be attending monthly board meetings and some UN meetings and conferences.”

Buya worked as a journalist in The Gambia for many years and was an elected member of Gambia Press Union executive. He fled in 2009. This was when the government was hunting down the GPU executive in relation to a press release, which was critical of President Jammeh’s comments on slain journalist, Deyda Hydara, editor and co-proprietor of The Point. He had lived in Senegal, where he worked for Dakar-based Gambian online radio, Radio Alternative Voice Gambians, before moving to the US as a refugee. 

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