Monday, May 31, 2010

Media Join Battle on the Way to Wrestle Disaster

NEWS BANJUL THE GAMBIA(MB)-The formulation of the Network of Disaster Management Journalists (NDMJ), according to its top brass is to be part of efforts to provide for an integrated and coordinated disaster management approach to enhance prevention, preparedness respond and mitigation of disaster using its mandate to sentization Gambians.
This was revealed by the President of the network, Mr. Karabulie Conteh at the launching of the network on 28th May 2010 at the Paradise Suites Hotel, in Kololi.
In cognition of the problems associate with disasters and other emergency situations, Conteh said the media can partner with its concerted efforts to prevent, prepare, manage and find solution to frequency disasters in The Gambia.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Youth organisation for African Unity to mark African Day

NEWS BANJUL THE GAMBIA (MB)- Africa Day, May 25th is marked to celebrate the freedom of Africa from colonial rule. As a Pan-African organisation, the Youth Organisation for African Unity (Youth O/AU-Gambia Chapter celebrates this day to promote public awareness of the Pan- African efforts towards African liberty, integration and development. It is our fervent desire to realise the unification of Africa.

A media release from the youth group states that they would continue to champion the cause of mobilising the whole country to mark the day in grand style.

Monday, May 24, 2010

AIO Conference and Genaral Assembly in Banjul

NEWS BANJUL THE GAMBIA(MB)- The 37th Conference and General Assembly of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO) opens at the Sheraton Hotel and Spa, in Brufut, and will runs from the 24th to 26th May 2010. AIO is the major umbrella body of all insurance operators in the continent. Its membership is made up of insurances, reinsurances, brokers, insurance training institutions and trade associations including supervisory authorities.
The AIO primary objective is of promoting inter- African cooperation and to develop a healthy insurance and re-insurance industry in Africa.
The 2010 meeting is themed "Survival of the African Insurance Industry in the Face of Global Financial Crisis", which according to the organisers is to map out ways in which they can survive in these difficult times and continue to provide services for other businesses as insurance is the foundation on which every other business is built.

WHO Briefing on Polio Virus

As 45 New Cases Reported in the African Region

NEWS BANJUL THE GAMBIA(MB) -The World Health Organisation (WHO) office in Banjul, today held a maiden press briefing in view of the growing thread of the wild polio virus within the sub-region.
Journalists were drawn from both print and electronic media across the country. The office of the WHO Representatives organised a briefing to keep journalists abreast of the latest developments and what can be done collectively to address the situation in The Gambia, Africa and at global level, as 45 new cases reported in the African region.
“Today a total of (45) forty-five new cases are reported to the WHO, in which nine countries confirmed cases are in the African region as at 14th May 2010″. This was announced by the WHO Representative in The Gambia, Dr. Thomas Sukwa.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

YJAG visits URR radio stations

NEWS BANJUL THE GAMBIA(MB)- Members of the Young Journalists Association of The Gambia (YJAG) over the weekend arrived in Base Upper River Region URR, as part of their nationwide familiarisation tour of radio stations.

The members upon their arrival in the metropolitan city of Basse, visited relevant institutions including the three radio stations of the region, namely, GRTS Radio Basse branch, Paradise FM and Unique FM Radio Stations.

YJAG breaks provincial boundaries

NEWS BANJUL THE GAMBIA (MB)- The Young Journalists Association of The Gambia has recently gone nationwide after completing a hectic but thrilling tour of the country where it held series of meeting with Community Radio stations and some Senior Secondary Schools in the provinces.

Started on Friday 7th May, the three days tour that was undertaken by 20 members of YJAG, was meant to familiarize the young journalists with some parts of the country so as to better execute their oversight duties effectively and to disseminate factual information to the public as a good journalist is he who knows his country well.

Friday, May 21, 2010


ATA Announces Tourism Industry Milestones Made at the 35th Annual Congress

NEWS BANJUL, THE GAMBIA, (MB) - The Africa Travel Association's 35th Annual Congress ended today with a commitment among Africa's tourism stakeholders to boost efforts to develop new public-private partnerships devoted to advocating for and developing the tourism industry in Africa. Honorable Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie, The Gambia Minister of Tourism and Culture and incoming ATA President, closed the event that was attended by more than 300 participants as well as press from Africa, Europe and North America.

In her closing remarks, the Minister highlighted the importance of tourism as an engine for economic growth and prosperity. She also said, "This may mark the end of a successful event, but it also marks the beginning of our joint efforts to work in partnership with the public and private sector to promote the travel and tourism industry to and within Africa. The Gambia was a proud host of this event and hopes that our infectious spirit will inspire other countries and tourism stakeholders to action."

At the meeting, ATA announced a number of milestones for making a strong case for increased investment in the tourism industry." ATA members and friends and supporters have shown that we are truly committed to promoting tourism to Africa as a means to promoting socio-economic development," said Edward Bergman, ATA Executive Director. "I know that when we return to our home countries, we will continue to work in partnership with tourism stakeholders in the public and private sectors to promote the industry and inspire others to follow our example."

Congress milestones include the following:

* The announcement of the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Africa Union and ATA. The MOU, which was signed by Honorable Shamsa Mwangunga, outgoing ATA President, Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism of the United Republic of Tanzania, and Dr. Elham M.A. Ibrahim, Africa Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, declares that the two organizations will undertake a commitment to develop collaboration in the area of travel and tourism promotion.

* The launch of a joint effort by New York University's Africa House, the World Bank and ATA to make a case for developing Africa's tourism industry with the preparation of the joint publication The State of Tourism in Africa. Using facts, figures and stories, the report paints a picture of the current and potential impact of tourism on both a country's and a region's development strategy. The report also advocates for increased attention and resource allocation from national governments to the tourism industry.

* During the industry workshops and networking events, ATA and UNWTO engaged in discussions on how the two global organizations would pursue collaboration and cooperation in the areas of travel and tourism development in Africa in the future.

* The Gambia Organizing Committee announced its commitment to hosting the first "Carbon Off-Set Free" ATA congress. In addition to planting seedlings to grow an "ATA Forest" at the GIG Forest, the Committee limited the "carbon footprint" of the congress by ordering produce from the award-winning project Gambia is Good. GIG sources all its produce from local producers.

As a sign of his commitment to developing The Gambia's tourism industry, the President of The Republic of the Gambia, Sheikh Professor Dr. Alhaji Yaya A. J. J. Jammeh, hosted the delegates at a number of special events, including a visit to his home village, Kanilai, and a gala dinner and evening of entertainment at the Sheraton Hotel Spa and Resort.

In what has become an ATA congress tradition over the last few years, Shamsa Mwangunga (MP), ATA President and Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism of the United Republic of Tanzania hosted a special evening of dinner and dancing held at the five-star Ocean Bay Hotel.

On the first of two Host Country days, delegates visited James lsland and Juffureh. James Island is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was a base of transportation of slaves from The Gambia to other parts of the world. At James Island, delegates participated in a special memorial, in which they floated flower wreathes down the River Gambia and stood in a moment of silence. Delegates were also asked to consider making a donation for the restoration of the jetty to James Island. The project was organized in cooperation with U.S. Ambassador Barry Wells.

Following the day-long visit to James Island and Juffreh, the delegates enjoyed a special cocktail reception at the luxury hotel, Coco Ocean Resort and Spa. The evening event was co-hosted by the US Ambassador to The Gambia, Honorable Barry Wells.

Under the banner "Discover Africa's Genuine Warmth," the ATA-Gambia event brought together tourism ministers and more than 300 travel industry professionals from across Africa, Europe and North America for four days to explore the latest issues facing the travel trade industry, learn about "Destination Gambia," and advocate for increased resources to the tourism industry.

During the congress, delegates explored the following industry topics: Sustainable Tourism in The Gambia, Innovative and Interactive Marketing, Niche Markets and Emerging Trends, Standards in the Hotel Market in Africa, Connecting the Africa Diaspora to Destination Africa, and Hospitality and Tourism Education in Africa. Special sessions were held on tourism and development, advocating for tourism resources, and partnerships with airlines serving Africa.

For more information on ATA, please visit www.africatravelassociation.o


UNWTO and ATA Discuss Ways to Cooperate with Tourism Development

NEWS BANJUL, THE GAMBIA, (MB)-– The United Nations Tourism Organization attended the Africa Travel Association’s 35th Annual Congress at the Sheraton Hotel Spa and Resort in The Gambia from May 17-20, 2010. More than 300 participants from Africa, Europe and North America, as well as the press, also attended the travel trade conference.

During the industry plenaries and networking events, African Travel Association (ATA) and UNWTO engaged in discussions on how the two global organizations would pursue collaboration and cooperation in the areas of travel and tourism development in Africa in the future.

Director-General condemns murder of Somali journalist Sheikh Nur Abkey

News Banjul The Gambia(MB)- Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, today condemned the murder of Somali radio journalist Sheikh Nur Abkey who was abducted and shot dead on 4 May near his home in southern Mogadishu.

“I condemn the murder of Sheikh Nur Abkey,” the Director-General declared. “His brutal killing is a heinous crime against a brave journalist and against Somali society as a whole. Nothing good will come to the people of Somalia from those seeking to deprive citizens of the right to know and journalists of the basic human right of freedom of expression. Those working for the oppression of Somalia must be thwarted.”

Friday, May 14, 2010


New Banjul The Gambia(MB)-In its efforts to promote The Gambia as a Tourists Destination, the Honorable Fatou Mass Jobe, The Minister of Tourism and Culture, today announced that the Republic of The Gambia will host ATA’s 35th Annual Congress in the capital city of Banjul in May, 2010.

“It is with great pride that we are once again partnering with ATA to invite the world to visit and explore The Gambia,” said Minister Njie. “The Gambian government places great priority on tourism, which has contributed significantly to our country’s growth and stability. We hope that the ATA Congress will help us continue to promote our country in new marketplaces and attract new investment in the sector.”

GPU Celebrates World Press Freedom Day

News Banjul The Gambia(MB)-Journalists in The Gambia under their umbrella body, the Gambia Press Union (GPU), on Monday 3rd May 2010 joined the rest of the world to celebrate World Press Freedom Day at a symposium held at the Alliance Franco Gambienne along Kairaba Avenue.
The symposium which facilitated knowledge giving and sharing, as well as discussions on the issue of freedom of the press was held under the global theme: “Freedom of Information – The Right to Know”.
The event was attended by journalists in both in the print and electronic media, as well as represenaives of non governmental organisations and civil society organisations.

ACHPR Convenes 47th Ordinary Session

News Banjul The Gambia(MB)-The 47th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and
Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) started on 12 May 2010 at the Laico Atlantic
Hotel in Banjul, and is expected to wind up on 26 May 2010.
The session is an important opportunity for the commission, non
governmental organisation, delegates of state parties, diplomatic and
consular corps to reflect on the state of human rights in Africa.
Commissioner Reine Alapini-Gansou, chairperson of the ACHPR,
addressed the delegates.

Human Rights On The Agenda

News Banjul The Gambia (MB)- In keeping with tradition, the NGO Forum was held for three days prior
to the commencement of the 47th Ordinary session of the Africa
Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul The Gambia.
As usual the turn out was remarkable, the debate objective and
professional leading to commendable outcomes. The Gambia's Attorney
General and Minister of Justice, Edward Gomez, has declared that the
Gambia government recognises the efforts of the African Centre for
Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS), in facilitating the Non
Governmental Organisations forum popularly called NGOs forum, which
enables NGOs to fully participate in the work of the Africa Commission
on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).
Mr. Gomez was speaking on Saturday 8th May 2010, at the Kairaba Beach
Hotel, where he officially declared the forum open.
The NGOs Forum is being held alongside the 21 African Human Rights
Book Fair, both organised by the ACDHRS, and precedes the 47 ordinary
session of the ACHPR. The forum gathered over 164 representatives from
30 African countries participated including 21 participants from
Europe, the United States of America and the Latin America.
The aim of the forum is to foster collaboration among NGOs and with
the African Commission, for the purpose of promoting and protecting
human rights in Africa.
Recent years have witnessed a multiplicity in the number of NGOs in
the African continent, which according to the Justice Minister, shows
the increase in pluralism and democracy.
It is through concerted efforts that they can overcome the challenges
facing their countries, region and their continent at large, he told
the participants.
There has been marked progress in terms of improving democracy and the
human rights situation in some areas in the continent.
However, a lot more remains to be done in other parts of Africa, with
human rights violation increasing daily, according to Mr. Gomez.
He added that Africa has a long way to go in relation to its
development and human rights record.
“I am optimistic that we shall overcome the hurdles if we inject more
spirit and commitment, as well as belief in our dreams,” he said. Mr.
Gomez described the forum and book fair as important advocacy tools
adopted by the African Centre to promote networking among human rights
NGOs in Africa.
He concluded his remarks by commending the Africa Centre “for
conscientiously organising such a forum since its inception”.
Speaking earlier, the Executive Director of the ACDHRS, Hannah
Forster, said as part of the African Centre’s networking for human
rights programme, the NGOs forum offers a platform where the African
human rights community can meet to prepare for substantial and
constructive participation in the session of African Commission.
The importance of their collaboration with the African Commission
cannot be over emphasised, as it continues to advance its work, she
Among other things, Ms Forster said the NGOs forum, unlike the other
forums, will try to strengthen the lobby groups for the harmonisation
and implementation of regional instruments.
These include the African Charter on Democracy, Election and
Governance, which endorses the implementation of fundamental
democratic principles, including the organisation of free and fair
“The African Centre urges you all to continue your collaboration
with the Centre and the Commission in our resolve to promote and
protect human rights in Africa”, she declared.

FEWACCI Conference Ends

News Banjul The Gambia (MB)- The Minister of Fisheries and Natural Resources, Lamin Kaba Bajo, has said the Gambia will support any proposal which will ensure the effective implementation of the ECOWAS trade liberalization scheme (ETLS), as well as the free movement of goods and persons in the sub-region. Mr. Bajo made these remarks on Wednesday 5 May 2010, at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, when he delivered the closing statement at the FEWACCI conference on facilitating intra-ECOWAS trade.
The statement was made on behalf of the Minister of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment.
The conference was organised by the Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry, FEWACCI. Mr. Bajo noted that FEWACCI succeeded in mobilising key experts to come and discuss the challenges that face them as a region in their efforts to improve trade and development issues.
“The huddles that our people are subjected to as they move from one place to another are uncalled for”, he said.
Minister Bajo, therefore, called on the ECOWAS Commission to work closely with FEWACCI to come up with a practical plan on how ECOWAS member states will quickly implement the recommendations from this forum. “I will also urge FEWACCI never to give up in the quest to see a single economic space for producers and consumers in West Africa,” he further stated.
According to Mr. Bajo, the challenges are huge but FEWACCI has shown vigour in its readiness to be strong partners with the ECOWAS Commission. He added that positive results in the facilitation of intra-ECOWAS trade has began making a mark, as seen in the achievements made by ECOBANK and in air transport (ASKY), which he described as commendable.
The Minister also commended the ECOWAS Commission on the establishment of FEWACCI. In his view, it is among the institutions that will enhance the transformation of ECOWAS from a community of countries to a community of people.
Minister Bajo noted that the discussions held by participants during the three days reflected the difficulties that producers, traders and the people generally are subjected to in the sub-region, in terms of the movement of people, goods and services, which definitely needs urgent attention. “Our authorities are committed to the integration process that was why they adopted and ratified a number of protocols and decisions related to trade”, he added.
Mr. Bajo expressed optimism that this effort would take them one more step towards addressing the challenges that they face as a region, particularly in promoting intra-ECOWAS trade.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Anthony Lake begins his tenure as UNICEF's Executive Director

News Banjul The Gambia(MB) - According to information gathered by Mansabanko from UNICEF Office in Banjul, revealed that Anthony Lake today begins his tenure as UNICEF’s sixth Executive Director, bringing more than 45 years of public and international service to the position. “I am excited to be joining UNICEF. I look forward to working with our exceptional staff and our many partners to advance children’s rights around the world,” Mr. Lake remarked on his first day in office.

Anthony Lake was appointed by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, following consultations with UNICEF’s Executive Board. On announcing the appointment on 16 March 2010, the Secretary-General noted that Mr. Lake brings with him “a wealth of experience after a long and distinguished career with the United States government.”

Mr. Lake has worked with leaders and policy makers across the world. As National Security Advisor (1993 - 1997) under President Bill Clinton, and as State Department Director of Policy Planning in the Carter administration (1977 - 1981), he managed the full range of foreign policy, national security, and humanitarian and development issues. In 2007-2008, he served as a senior foreign policy advisor to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.

His commitment to peace and security are hallmarks of his career. After leaving government in 1997, he served as the United States President's Special Envoy, to Haiti as well as Ethiopia and Eritrea. His efforts, for which he received the 2000 White House Samuel Nelson Drew Award, contributed to the achievement of the Algiers Agreement that ended the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. He also played a leading role in shaping policies that led to peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Northern Ireland.

“Peace and security are the foundation of a world fit for children. Wars not only kill children – they breed disease and destroy economic hope. And in the end, real peace is not found in a piece of diplomatic paper. It is found in the secure and healthy lives of girls and boys. If we improve their lives today, we help them inherit a better tomorrow,” said Mr. Lake.

Anthony Lake has broad experience of international development and children's rights through ongoing work with non-governmental organizations spanning four decades. During that time he has led International Voluntary Services, acted as an international advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross, and been a board member of Save the Children and the Overseas Development Council.

He is a strong supporter of the Millennium Declaration and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “At their heart, the Millennium Development goals are about giving the world's most vulnerable children a better chance to reach their full potential -- whether it's improving maternal and child health, increasing gender parity in education, or eradicating hunger. We’ve got a lot of urgent work ahead, leading up to, and beyond, the 2015 MDG targets we’ve set for ourselves. And I believe we can do it -- with political commitment, sound strategies, adequate investment and the engagement of a global community,” said Mr. Lake.

Mr. Lake’s ties with UNICEF are long-standing. He served for nine years on the Board of the US Fund for UNICEF, including as Chair of the Board from 2004 to 2007. Under his chairmanship, the US Fund saw a significant increase in funding and undertook a transition in personnel and mission.

A graduate of Harvard College and Princeton University with a PhD from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Anthony Lake served as Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University in Washington DC immediately prior to his appointment at UNICEF. His strong commitment to education is reflected in his prior membership on the boards of several US academic institutions, including Mount Holyoke College.

He is married and has three children and five grandchildren.


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:


For further information, please contact:

Sally Sadie Singhateh, Communication Specialist, UNICEF The Gambia, Tel: 220-449-4760 (Ext-240)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

West African Journalists Takes Stroll at Graphic Company

News Banjul The Gambia(IMB)- It was a day that many West African journalists will not forget in their life time, was the day they set their eyes and step in the entrance of Graphic Communication Group Limited (GCGL) and to have first hand information about the company in Accra, Ghana dated 20th April 2010.

The group was lead to Graphic Company, by Mr. Bright Kwame Blewe Secretary General Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) and Mr. Walter Kudzodzi of International Institute of Journalism (IIJ). The following countries are present namely; Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, Ghana and The Gambia, Guinea Conakry was absent at the time of writing the piece. The two weeks training that gets started on the 19 April will winds up 30 April 2010, with certificates of attendance to be presented all participants.

The subjected on the two weeks training “The Media’s Role in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building West Africa and is currently taking place at the Ghana International Press Centre. The training itself was organized by The International Institute for Journalism (IIJ) of InWent Capacity Building International

After a warmly welcomed, shaking hands, West African journalists were shown a short documentary about the company.

Addressing journalists, Mr. Albert Sam, Public Affairs Manager Graphic GCGL said “dealing with objectively and professionally with conflicts is all about language” while putting to journalists to use simple language to communicate easily with the audience.”

According to Sam, media practitioners need to demonstrate some caution in the use of language when reporting on conflict situations.

Recounting his experiences, Sam the Public Affairs Manager said “ as a journalists myself , I have rich experiences from reporting on peacekeeping operations: United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFLI), The United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East, and the ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Liberia.”

In all these, he continued “what I learnt and experienced, which imprinted on my mind, is indeed to indeed exercise caution and desist from inflaming passion”.

He stated that the company mission “is to empower their readers and consumers with reliable and credible information, communication and entertainment that create the best possible customer experience.”

He went on such a good reputation is not by a lucky accident for the company but it is the result of the deliberate steps by the company to achieve leadership in disseminating high quality information and knowledge that improves people’s lives.

Sam mentioned that the company operates with high calibers of journalists that are well trained to catch up with the job and a lot of incentives have been given to staff.

“We encourage our journalists to do courses at different institutions both in Ghana and abroad “

During the question and answer session, a participant from Sierra Leone Ms. Femi Coker, Senior Reporter with the Examiner Newspaper, asked what can be some of the qualifications that can give one the opportunity to be reporting with the Graphic, in respond Sam stated that “anyone with diploma from any recognized institute but specified Ghana Institute of Journalism can be qualify to be A reporter for the Graphic.

While questions were pouring like a heavy rain, The Gambia News and Reporter Magazine, Mamadou Edrisa Njie, Senior Staff Writer asked in any success there must be challenges, so what are some of your challenges, in reply, Sam said that in any media house in the world the main constraints is finance adding that the global recessions has also affected many media houses in his country. Raising funds, technology changing times, training and the newspaper review done by the radio stations in the country. “The newspaper review every morning makes many people not to but newspapers because the already know what is content in the papers.” He further disclosed that Graphic as at now is suffering from advertisement but was quick to relate it globally.

Gambian Journalist, Mr. Modou S. Joof News Editor and Head of Sports Desk of the Voice Newspaper, posed question asking , what are the media regulations or do you have any media regulations, in his positive respond, Sam stated that during the military period there was newspaper liencesing regulations but now we don’t have it. The only thing to do now is to do formality with

Mrs. Amie Sanneh also Gambian participant from the Foroyaa Newspaper asked, do you have harsh media laws in your constitution?, In positive respond answer, Sam told ECOWAS journalists that there is no harsh laws that govern media operations in the country noting that “ their newspapers laws has been repealed since after the military rule, we are different from you (The Gambia), where the media is struggling daily for the repeal of some of the draconian laws in The Gambian how Sir are the staff of your company well paid and motivated? Question posed by Ms. Celine Oyewole correspondent with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), responding to the question, Public Affairs Manager Sam noted that their staff are well paid and motivated by the group citing the Graphic Needy Trust Fund stating that the fund helps genuinely needy Ghanians who require medical treatment whose cost is beyond their reach adding that this fund has been alive since 1989 and the company and its collaborators have assisted more that hundred (100) partients with various ailments to receive medical care.

On Free Medical Care, he explained that every year, the company organiseds free health care for the Adabraka community, where the company is located. This programme, he buttressed was introduced in 2005 and is meant for the people of Adabrka in which the programme gives residents to have consultation and drugs come free to partients. The company has extended the free medical exercise to Asafo, a suburd of Kumasi the company’s largest centre of operations outside the head office.

Scholarship Scheme, this he pointed out, the company runs a schpolarship scheme for the children of employeres who are in second cycle institutions. Still answering a question posed by Nigerian Reporter, cited Daily Graphic Governance Dialogue and the Ephraim Amu Award of Excellence for Arts and Culture all gears towards the development of the company.

Mr. Silas Gbandi Deputy Director Sirrea Leone News Company incorporating , The Punch Newspaper and Citizen Radio asked Mr. Sam how independent is the editorial of the Graphic?, in reply Sam said that their editorial is independent despite the government of Ghana acquire the company by an act of parliament.

Mr. Nruddenn M. Abdallah Head, Cover and Investigation Sunday Trust Nigeria, asked Mr. Sam how many copies and the number of pages, in reply, Sam revealed that the company published about two hundred to two hundred and fifty copies daily with thirty two pages adding that the Daily Graphic is the biggest and the leading newspaper in Ghana with about one hundred and ten journalists.

All the ECOWAS journalists were present and asked different questions, after the team was taken on a conducted tour.