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Gambia Press Union (GPU)

Contact Address:
Gambia Press Union
Banjul area Head office
No. 5 Garba Jahumpa Rd
Bakau New Town
P.O. Box 1440, Banjul
Kanifing Municipality
The Gambia
West Africa

Tel no:  +220 4377020

Fax no: +220 4377020


The Gambia Press Union of Banjul is a legally registered, not-for-profit media organisation which was established in 1978 by a number of newspaper journalists spearheaded by the late Mr. W. Dixon Colley along with co-founders Messrs Pap Saine, Deyda Hydara and Melvin B. Jones.

Today, the GPU association has a membership of over 200 regular and freelance journalists working in the electronic and print media.

Their main mission is to fight for freedom of expression, freedom of the press in Gambia and the advancement of the media as well as the enhanced development of the nation.

The organisation is governed by an unpaid executive board consisting of a president and 8 other executive members. The board is supported by a remunerated secretariat, comprised of a secretary, a courier and administrator.

To advocate and ensure the mission, vision & objectives of the trade union;

To safeguard & strengthen the interests, rights & welfare of members;

To protect & promote the right to freedom of information (FOI)

To endeavor to get all state owned media to give fair access & facilities to those expressing dissenting opinions and divergent viewpoints as stated in Section 208 of the 1997 Constitution of The Republic of The Gambia;

To advocate and defend the right of freedom of expression which includes independence in journalism and freedom of the media;

To ceaselessly improve the professional standards of the media and its professional practitioners as well as a code of ethics by providing training;

To persuade the media in Gambia to publish different opinions and views for their readership;

To encourage cooperation with other media organisations, affiliates and journalists associations overseas;

To hold social functions to enhance the interest and enthusiasm of its members in their work and to provide financial, moral, legal support to its members.

To act as a forum for communication among its members to allow them to have a good understanding of the media community.
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