The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubacarr Tambadou has said the new government of President Adama Barrow is not afraid of talking to the press.
The Justice Minister made this remark on Thursday at the opening of a two-day stakeholders workshop on the Gambian Freedom of Information Bill at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, Kololi.
“We are not afraid of the press and did not want the press to be afraid of us,” Justice Minister Tambadou said.
The Minister of Justice said the new government wants to encourage an open door policy so that journalist would have access to information for the interest of the public. He talked about the willingness of his ministry to work with the press through the Ministry of Information. He reiterated the importance of responsible journalism.
“There is a difference between informing and inciting the public. That responsibility is in your hands,” he asserted.
Minister Tambadou further explained that the new government have seen the important role played by the media in the democratic dispensation, saying journalist in the country are lucky to have him and the Minister of Information for they are not politicians.
Meanwhile, the meeting was attended by the Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, UN Resident Coordinator, Gambia Press Union, Staffs of Department of Information and UN staffs among others.