A four-day training organised by the Gambia Press Union (GPU) in partnership with Young Journalists Association of The Gambia (YJAG) for practising journalists and editors in The Gambia ended today.
The 4-day training funded by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German political party foundation, and held at the Metzy Hotel in Senegambia, targeted reporters for the first two days (5-6 June) and editors for the final two days (7-8 June).
The training sought to enhance the knowledge of over 40 targeted journalists on law, legal systems, court processes and procedures, media law and ethics, key court articles writing process. Also discussed was crime reporting, a special and highly critical area in journalism, which requires extraordinary skills and knowledge.
“It is part of the GPU mandate to help court reporters to understand the legal system of The Gambia to enable reporters report accurately without misinterpretations,” Muhammed S. Bah, GPU president, said at the opening ceremony of the training on Monday.
He challenged journalists to be able to interpret legal terminologies and present articles to the public without compromising the meaning of the information.
Yankuba Jallow, YJAG president, hailed the training as a means of equipping journalists with the skills to disseminate accurate information from the courts, saying it is the responsibility of the journalist to give accurate and reliable information to the public.