(JollofNews)- Respected Gambian journalist Demba Ali Jawo (DA) has joined the government of President Adama Barrow as minister of Information, Communication and Technology.
Mr Jawo who was editor on the English desk of the Dakar based African Press Agency (APANEWS), is tasked with the responsibility of making policies, liberalising the ICT sector and with a requisite function to provide an enabling environment for it.
Mr Jawo’s journalism career began in the 1990s when he joined the Daily Observer Newspaper as a freelance reporter. He later rose to the position of news editor but was later removed in 1999 following the sale of the newspaper to President Yahya Jammeh.
Jawo later joined The Independent Newspaper as Editor-in- Chief on a two-year contract.
At the end of his contract, he worked full time at the Gambia Press Union which he headed as president.
While working at the press union, he wrote a weekly column for The Independent, Critique, until the paper was arbitrarily shutdown by the regime of Yahya Jammeh in 2006.
Unhappy with the suffocating political environment, Jawo left Banjul for Senegal to work for APANEWS.
While in Senegal, he continued to speak out against the excesses and failures of the Jammeh regime.
Reacting to his appointment, Mr Jawo said he will use his tenure to help reinvent Gambia’s troubled media landscape would as an effective contributor to improving the country’s democratic credentials.