The Minister of Information and Communications Infrastructure, Demba A Jawo has announced the appointment of a Special Advisor with effect from October 1st, 2017.
According to the MOICI, the main role objective for the creation of this position is to advise the Minister on formulation of a comprehensive National Communication Strategy and support MOICI in the process for legal reform of media laws and communications policies.
As per the mandates of the MOU signed between Article 19, MOICI and the Ministry of Justice, Article 19 is supporting MOICI to recruit a media and communication adviser to the Minister to facilitate and coordinate internally the reform process in line with the MOU and the objectives of the partnership.
The Special Advisor, Ndey Tapha Sosseh holds an MA in International Press Journalism (2004) from the University of Central England, Birmingham. Between 2009 to 2016, she headed a sub-regional journalists’ capacity building project in Bamako, Mali, under the aegis of the West African Journalists Association.
A former editor in chief of the Daily Observer (2004/5), the newly appointed special advisor is also former secretary general and president of the Gambia Press Union, former treasurer of the Federation of African Journalists.
As a journalist and human rights advocate, Ndey Tapha Sosseh served on the board of various Gambian rights groups, the Nobert Zongo Centre for Investigative Journalism (CENOZO), the Human Rights Advancement, Development and Advocacy Centre (HURIDAC) and the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network.