BANJUL, March 24 (Xinhua) -- The Gambian government on Friday expressed its appreciation of the online media for their role in ending the 22 years of tyranny in the west African country.
"On behalf of President Adama Barrow and the new government, we wish to take this opportunity to express appreciation to you, and through you the entire Gambian diaspora, for the significant role that each and every one of you played in the struggle to free our dear country from the clutches of tyranny and mal-governance," Gambian's Information Minister Demba Jawo said in a press release.
He also congratulated the local journalists and the Gambians living at home for their part during the struggle. "The vast majority of Gambians who remained at home during the struggle had been unquantifiable, but the role of the Gambian online media and by extension, the Gambian diaspora in general, had been quite formidable."
"It is hard to imagine how we could have gotten here without your contribution as well as the significant role played by the Gambian diaspora, both financially and through the effective use of social media to sensitize the population," said the minister who was a journalist himself.
"We want to work with you to consolidate the gains we have so far made in the emancipation of our people and how we can advance those gains," Jawo stressed.
He assured the government has no intentions of ever trying to control or manipulate their editorial policies, on the contrary, they will welcome fair criticisms of their comportment and actions, because it is through such criticisms that they can realize when and where they need to buckle up.
"Therefore, let us reiterate that the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure is available at all times to answer to your concerns and queries with regards to issues pertaining to the government, and please never hesitate to contact us at all times," he urged. Enditem