For the second time in the history of its establishment 31 years ago, the Gambia Press Union has awarded 9 Gambian journalists for excellence in reporting on various issues in the country.
The journalist body made the recognition at a ceremony held at Djembe Hotel on May 28.
The category of awards were excellence in reporting on agriculture, travel and tourism, environment, sports, human rights, technology and innovation, women and feature/ in-depth reporting.
Several journalists from different Gambian media institutions, electronic, print and online, were given the award.
Rohey Bittaye of GRTS won the category on environment, Sulayman Bah of Foroyaa newspaper won the category on sports, Mustapha K Darboe won the category on feature writing, Mustapha Jallow of Foroyaa newspaper won the category on human rights, Adam Jobe of Point Newspaper won the category on technology and innovation, Sise Sawaneh of GRTS won the category on travel and tourism, while Sarjo Camara of Foroyaa newspaper won the category on reporting on women issues.
The awardees of the agriculture category were Ebrima Baldeh of GRTS and Modou S. Joof of Voice newspaper and this was the only category that had two winners.
A veteran Gambian journalist, Suwaibou Conateh, was also given the GPU President Award for his great work in defense of press freedom in The Gambia.
Conateh was the founder of the News and Report magazine.
Though he was away in US on treatment, Conateh was given a standing ovation as his daughter received his award on his behalf.
The criterion for giving the award, judges said, were mostly based on relevance, style, depth and creativity of a journalist’s story.
The judges were, Ahmed Allota, George Christensen, Jainaba Nyang, Jerand Senghore and Hassousm Ceesay, all veteran Gambian journalists some of whom are now in academia.
The award ceremony was attended by foreign diplomats, permanent secretary of Gambia’s information ministry, corporate organizations and over 100 other invitees.
The GPU also awarded their Dennis Partners, GAMES media project, partners of decade award which was received by Sang Mendy.
Meanwhile, the GPU also launched a code of ethics for Gambian media practitioners and also held a public lecture on trade unionism.
To read Darboe’s story that won the feature/ in-depth reporting award, click on the link below: