Ebrima Sillah

(JollofNews) – An international journalist and communications for development consultant has been appointed as the Director General of the state-owned Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS).

Ebrima Sillah, a former BBC Africa correspondent who also worked for a number of media houses including print, radio and online, succeeds veteran broadcaster Malik Jones.

Mr Sillah’s main task will be to reform and increase public trust in the state broadcaster which was largely seen as a propaganda tool of the previous regime of Yahya Jammeh.

The respected journalist fled the Gambia in 2004 after surviving an attempt on his life by agents of Mr Jammeh’s regime due to his reporting on a number of unexplained disappearances and allegations of the widespread torture of political detainees.

He also survived two abduction attempts while living in Dakar, Senegal, after  he demanded an investigation into the case of two Gambian nationals who were allegedly kidnapped by Gambian security operatives in the Senegalese capital.

He later relocated to Nairobi, Kenya where he lived for some years before returning to Banjul following the end of Mr Jammeh’s regime.