Ms Ndey Tapha Sosseh, former President of The Gambia Press Union has been appointed as Advisor to the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI).

Ms Tapha Sosseh was the Editor In Chief of the Daily Observer Newspaper before she became the President of the country’s press union.

She spent almost a decade in exile when she issued a fitting response to the ‘insulting’ remarks of the former President Yahya Jammeh on the state television about the death of Deyda Hydara, a defiant Gambian media proprietor who was murdered in cold blood. She made a press release to respond to the disrespectful comments of the former president. The publication of the said press release on the local newspapers led to the arrest of six journalist including two media chiefs who were sentenced to jail.

The former press union president has recently returned to the country. Her appointment was announced by the Minister of Information and her role includes advising the minister and working to ensure the free flow of information.

“We have recruited an adviser, Ndey Tapha Sosseh,” Minister Demba Ali Jawo said.

“Her main role is to advise the Minister on the formulation of a comprehensive National Communication Strategy and to support MOICI in the process for a legal reform of media laws and communications policies,” he added.

Minister DA Jawo told journalist that the advisor has been recruited with support from Article 19.

Meanwhile, Ms Tapha Sosseh would be working closely with the advisor to the Minister of Justice under the Article 19 agreement with the two ministries.