Gambia’s broadcast network director dismissed

Gambia’s broadcast network director dismissed

The head of the state broadcaster Malick Jones has been relieved of his duties but a replacement is yet to be named.

Jones is also the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Information. He became the Director General of GRTS during the political standoff that sent more than 75,000 people scrambling out of the country.

Ex-President Yahya Jammeh fired broadcast businessman and Russian Counsel in the Gambia Lamin Manga as the GRTS boss in the days following his election loss to real estate developer Adama Barrow.

Jones took over with a focus on government propaganda to help Jammeh regain control. At least two staffers resigned since.

Gambian state media under Jammeh was restrictive of opposition politics. They were denied access to the national television and radio stations.

Former GRTS Director Momodou Sabally has arrested ahead of the elections after the network broadcasted the formalization of the campaign of opposition politician Mama Kandeh.

Before Jammeh’s unceremonious exit, forces loyal to him forced at least three private radio stations to close.

Emil Touray, president of the Gambia Press Union, told Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International that the radio closures “denied Gambians several essential media outlets during a crucial phase in the country’s history.”

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