On behalf of President Adama Barrow and the new government, we wish to take this opportunity to express appreciation to you, and through you the entire Gambian diaspora, for the significant role that each and every one of you played in the struggle to free our dear country from the clutches of tyranny and mal-governance.
While the contribution of your colleagues on the ground and indeed the vast majority of Gambians who remained at home during the struggle had been unquantifiable, but the role of the Gambian online media and by extension, the Gambian diaspora in general, had been quite formidable. It is hard to imagine how we could have gotten here without your contributions as well as the significant role played by the Gambian diaspora, both financially and through the effective use of social media to sensitize the population, reported Gainako.com
We wish to assure you therefore that this government considers the Gambian online media as an extension of the Gambian media rather than as adversaries; as it had been the case in the recent past, and as such, we want to work with you to consolidate the gains we have so far made in the emancipation of our people and how we can advance those gains.
We wish to assure you also that we have no intentions of ever trying to control or manipulate your editorial policies. On the contrary, we welcome your fair criticisms of our comportment and actions, because it is through such criticisms that we can realize when and where we need to buckle up.