Tuesday, May 19, 2015

YJAG vs. SJAG: Commemorating World Press Freedom Day

YJAG SG Sulayman Ceesay
As part of events marking the commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day in The Gambia, the Young Journalists Association of The Gambia (YJAG) will be playing a friendly football match with the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG).

“The match is aimed at promoting the cordial relationship that exists between the two journalists bodies in the country,” said Sulayman Ceesay, YJAG Secretary General. “It will also promote the understanding and friendship between media practitioners in the country.” 

The match will be played at the Serekunda East Mini Stadium on Tuesday May 19, 2015 at 4:00pm prompt.

“This is the second year that YJAG is marking the Day in this fashion. Last year, YJAG engaged the The Gambia Police Force in a friendly match to foster better understanding between the police and the journalists,” Ceesay added.

WPFD 2015 was held on May 3 under the theme: ‘Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality and Safety in the digital Age’.

On December 20, 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed May 3 as World Press Freedom Day to reflect on the principles of press freedom, evaluation of press freedom, and renewal of commitment to freedom and paying respect to journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty.

YJAG want to use this opportunity to call on the government to create an enabling environment for journalists to be able to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country and its democratic process.

Commenting on the development YJAG president, Mr. Nfarama Jawanah said this has now become a tradition for YJAG to marked WPFD in this style to bring to the attention of the Gambia government and media house the plight of young journalists and to promote understanding among media practitioners.

Meanwhile, YJAG is calling on all media practitioners and friends of the media to come out in their numbers to grace this occasion. 


YJAG is an independent non-profit making organization founded on 16th September, 2007.

The objectives of the association include promoting unity among young journalists in The Gambia, providing capacity building, and addressing the welfare of its members, among others.

The association also complements the effort of the GPU in advocating for press freedom and freedom of expression in the Gambia.

YJAG has, in recent years, contributed tremendously to the development of The Gambia media industry, especially on capacity building of its members on news reportage which has greatly enhanced professionalism in the industry.

The Association also facilitates the recruitment of young journalists into the profession.

For more info, please contact:
Mr. Sulayman Ceesay, Secretary General of YJAG
Tel: 7334325/ 6805909

Mr. Yaya B. Baldeh, PRO of YJAG
Tel: 6646381

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