State Dept. DRL Official, Gambian Media Discuss Opportunitues, Challenges

On March 22, a visiting official from the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), Stephanie Ogorzalek, and Embassy Banjul’s Public Affairs Officer held a round-table with selected local journalists at the American Corner Banjul.

The round-table highlighted the opportunities and challenges that exist for media practitioners under the new Gambian presidential administration; experiences and lessons of the past; challenges that continue to present stumbling blocks to free expression; and other factors undermining media development in The Gambia. Journalists shared personal experiences and made recommendations for the development and effectiveness of the media in the country.