The Young Journalists Association of The Gambia (YJAG) is celebrating its ninth year anniversary this month, under the theme: ‘Role of Journalists in The Gambia’s Democratisation Process.
The Young Journalists Association of The Gambia (YJAG), is an independent non-profit making organization.
In a press release sent to the Daily Observer, the association was formed by a group of young journalists with foresight and vision who thought it wise to come together to promote mutual understanding and the general wellbeing of young journalists in the country. The association was legally registered with the Attorney General’s Chamber on 16th September, 2007. YJAG has members from both the print and electronic media nationwide, as well as aspiring journalists from press clubs of senior secondary schools.
The objectives of the association include, promoting unity among young journalists; provide capacity building and addressing the welfare of its members among others.
The association is also tasked with the responsibility of facilitating and recruiting aspiring journalists into the profession. Since its establishment 9 years ago, the association has contributed tremendously to the development of The Gambia media industry, especially on capacity building of its members on news reportage as well as advocating for press freedom and freedom of expression in the country.
Nfamara Jawneh, the President YJAG, said since the formation of the association on 16th September 2007, the association continues to play a critical role in the advancement of the media industry and the country as a whole.
According to him, YJAG members across the country are handling critical editorial duties in various media houses and are performing very well. “As we mark this anniversary, we would like to reflect on some of the founding principles and objectives of the association; which includes to promote the welfare of our members among others. To the members of YJAG, we encourage you all to remain committed to the development of the association and pay your dues on time,” he stated.
by Fatoumatta K Saidykhan