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Media law reform process starts

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By Alagie manneh

The Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure has begun work on the much-talked about and eagerly-awaited media law reform, Information minister Demba Jawo told a gathering last week.
The government had since promised to review and repeal draconian media laws that hinder human rights.

Speaking at an event on Freedom of Expression and Media Pluralism in The Gambia, Minister Demba Jawo said a consultant adviser is now hired to “review all the media related problems which will be in consistent with international media standards.”

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The minister agreed that the process ‘may seem slow’ to some, but argued: “Our intention is to ensure an exhaustive process, thus the ministry is putting in place a 30-member media review committee to assess the work we have done internally.”

He promised his government will continue to show commitment for media freedom and liberty of The Gambian people by continuing to partake in various “government, media and civil society-led initiatives into holistic media reform.”

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