STATEMENT BY THE FATU NETWORK REGARDING MEDIA COVERAGE FOR UDP

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We have learnt that some UDP supporters have expressed concern that The Fatu Network has not been covering their party’s campaign. Some supporters of the party over the weekend hit our outside broadcast van in Brikama in a show of protest – as our team was covering the return to Banjul of PDOIS’ campaign team.
To set the record straight, we did reach out to the party through its spokesman Almamy Taal at the start of campaign for us to cover the party’s campaign. He said will speak to the media and communications director Amadou Scattred Janneh to reach out to us. We did
not hear from them.
We would like to state that it has been difficult for us to cover UDP’s activities as some of the supporters have been quite unfriendly towards TFN and have promoted the idea of all UDP supporters to refuse to speak to TFN. We have also run into difficulty in getting any of the party’s leaders on our platform in the past weeks and months.
During the coverage of the nomination, some UDP members working as security for the party laid siege to our coverage tent to pull away any UDP supporter who wanted to speak to our editor Lamin Njie who was on air.
While we remain committed to equal opportunity to all Gambians in the spirit of fairness, we however cannot force anyone to be on our platform.
The Fatu Network Management.

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