Amnesty International, SofaCinama Partner to Raise Awareness on Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression
Amnesty International through their local partners SofaCinama and Children for Future Foundation used Jason, an American journalist 30 minute documentary film dubbed “We Never Gave Up” to abreast and raise awareness of the role journalists played in a democratic society and the importance of freedom of expression.
Alieu M.S Kah, the assistant Secretary General of SofaCinema asserted that it is very vital for society’s to know how important Journalism is in our communities. He said Journalism, freedom of press, freedom of expression, access to information among others are very paramount if a nation want to be developed.
Kah, also highlights that, if citizens are given their constitutional rights to express themselves freely without fear of been arrest or suppress; our country will benefit from their dissenting views.
“Everything begins with ideas and thoughts and at most cases it is individual. If someone is able to express him or herself freely then our country will grow rapidly” Said.
“Freedom of expression is basic human rights and therefore it is obligatory for the government to uphold the Principle of democracy.” He added
Abubacarr Jadama, who was one of the participants, also spoke to our reporter. Abubacarr Jadama, who is a teacher, commends SofaCinema with their partners for availing them the opportunity to watch such an informative documentary. Jadama said Journalists are very important in any community. He went on to say Journalists help citizens to make informed choices.
“Information is food. It helps citizens to digest and figure out how their country is growing. And good and ethical Journalists also help citizens to make informed choices that will a country to grow.” Abubacarr Jadama explained.
Access to Information and Freedom of Expression are strong pillars of Democracy and Fundamental human rights. As enshrined in the constitution of The Gambia and United Nation Declarations.
Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is a British non-governmental organization focused on human rights. The organization claims it has more than seven million members and supporters around the world.
By Ebrima KB Sonko.