U.S Ambassador In The Gambia Pays Visit To The Chronicle, Thank Staff For Coverage of 2020 Elections
The United States of America’s Ambassador to The Gambia, Richard “Carl” Paschall has on Wednesday paid a courtesy call to the Chronicle. The Ambassador’s visit is on the symbolic day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th President of The United States of America. The Chronicle’s reporter Kebba Jeffang participated in the 2020 “Foreign Press Centers Program for Elections 2020: A Virtual Tour of the United States and the American Electoral Process.”
Ambassador Richard Pascal said the 2021 U.S elections was as critical to the American people as the 2016 presidential election was to Gambians. “The role of the media is very important in any democratic dispensation,” he said
He thanked Kebba Jeffang for reporting on the U.S election and show gratitude to the Chronicle for generally writing and publishing stories that matter to people.
Kebba Jeffang was among 63 African journalists, and 227 others worldwide, who took part in this program.
Kebba said he was privileged to have been chosen to report on the 2020 US elections among the lot. “US elections are very paramount, because it affects countries directly, I was very lucky to report on it as a journalist.”
The Editor-in-Chief of the Chronicle Frederic Tendeng said it was an honor for the Chronicle to report on 2020 US elections. “I’m a passionate follower of political happenings in America, so when Kebba told me he has been chosen to report on the elections, I was happy and encouraged him to go ahead.”
Mr Tendeng said Gambians have put a lot of passion and energy in following the 2020 US elections as Trump’s four years in Washington had several features of certain aspects of the leadership they experienced for 22 years under Yahya Jammeh’s regime. According to him, Gambians continue to see America as an inspiration on democracy and human rights.