img-20161031-wa0044Campaign Against Tribal Politics and Gutter journalism.
Alagi Yorro Jallow

The different cultures out of which we drive different languages,food,clothing styles and the rest make Gambians boast of his or her culture as rich.Unfortunately,the blessing of diversity can become a curse when it is abused.Tribal politics is one way by which our diversity as Gambian has been used as a tool for our own destruction.
As a Gambian,I have treaded this path.From experience I think the mother of tribal politics is ‘tribal comments’.
They gave birth to self-centeredness,metamorphose into hatred for the ‘ other’ and nurture the desire to annihilate the ‘other ‘.Tribal politics or tribal comments from Yahya Jammeh has laid the foundation for tribal politics which had already been laid since he took over power.
To remedy the malady of tribal politics,a holistic approach is proposed taking into consideration all stakeholders.Political leaders ,first must make it a priority to lead the campaign against tribal politics.Their seriousness or sluggishness in how the issue is tackled can exterminate or aggravate the problem.
Journalism,the concrete form of this expression has grown in power over a period of time.The objective of journalism is to serve the people with news,views,comments and information on matters of public interest in a fair,accurate,unbiased and decent manner and language.The media today does not remain satisfied as the Fourth Estate,it has assumed the foremost importance in society and governance.
General Election is a very important feature of our democracy and it is imperative that the media transmit to the electorate fair and objective reports of the election campaign by the contesting parties.Freedom of the Press depends to a large measure on the press itself behaving with a sense of responsibility .It is therefore,necessary to ensure that the media adheres to this principles of fair and objective reporting of the election campaign.

The media have the responsibility of making sure that they are very circumspect in their reportage.It is not every inciting speech that must be aired,no matter how long ‘exciting’ it makes the program to be.This is important because the inconsequential pleasure derived from such ‘ excitements’ cannot be compared to the problems associated with incitement.
Every citizen must understand that freedom of speech can lead to loss of freedom when it is abused.This is because freedom of speech cannot guarantee freedom after speech.It is better to give up your freedom to speak than allow it take away your freedom.So the citizenry must encourage seasoned speeches from homes to the streets.
History must not only be recounted it must be allowed to direct the future positively .It must be indicated ,however,that such possibility can only become a reality when we learn from our history and others.I opined that The Gambia can learn from our mistakes during this critical stage of her life.
Finally,we must encourage unity in diversity.The strength of every nation is how United her people are.Our diversity must not be used as a tool to bring about adversities in the country.

Journalism,the concrete form of this expression has grown in power over a period of time.The objective of journalism is to serve the people with news,views,comments and information on matters of public interest in a fair,accurate,unbiased and decent manner and language.The media today does not remain satisfied as the Fourth Estate,it has assumed the foremost importance in society and governance.
General Election is a very important feature of our democracy and it is imperative that the media transmit to the electorate fair and objective reports of the election campaign by the contesting parties.Freedom of the Press depends to a large measure on the press itself behaving with a sense of responsibil.It is therefore,necessary to ensure that the media adheres to this principles of fair and objective reporting of the election campaign.

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