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July 2, 2014

Gambia police harass journalist over human trafficking story

Gambian police should stop harassing a journalist over a story highlighting human trafficking in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. Sanna Camara , a journalist with The Standard , was Tuesday summoned to police headquarters in the capital Banjul over a June 27 story titled "Police admit 'problems' with human trafficking," Camara told CPJ. The story was based on an interview with police spokesman David Kujabi, in reaction to the US State Department's 2014 Trafficking... MORE
June 12, 2014

FAJ commends ECOWAS ruling on killing of Deyda Hydara in Gambia

The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) today commended the ruling of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, sitting in Abuja, Nigeria on 10 June, concerning the case of Deyda Hydara versus The Gambia. According to independent sources, the defendant state produced Captain Lamin K. Saine as their witness. Captain Saine was a senior official at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and was tasked by Presidential orders to head the investigations. He is now a nominated member of the National... MORE
June 11, 2014

ECOWAS court rules Gambia failed to investigate journalist murder

The Committee to Protect Journalists has welcomed today's ruling by a West African regional court, which found that the Gambian government failed to conduct a meaningful investigation into the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara . The ruling is the first ECOWAS case relating to the murder of a Gambian journalist. Hydara, the founder of the independent newspaper The Point, was shot dead by unidentified assailants as he drove home from his office in the capital, Banjul, on December 16, 2004. Hydara... MORE
January 23, 2014

Authorities delay trial, keep pressure on two journalists

Reporters Without Borders has said that the authorities have delayed the trial of The Voice editor Musa Sheriff and freelance journalist Sainey Marenah on charges of “conspiracy to commit a felony and publication of false news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public.” They were due to have been tried yesterday but the hearing was postponed until 4 February. “It seems clear that this stalling is designed to maintain the pressure on these two journalists, a tactic that reflects the... MORE
January 15, 2014

Two journalists held for reporting defections from ruling party

Reporters Without Borders has condemned yesterday’s arbitrary arrests of Musa Sheriff , the owner and editor of the Banjul-based tri-weekly newspaper The Voice , and Sainey Marenah , one of his reporters, on a charge of “publishing false information.” They are being held in connection with a report in their paper last month that 19 members of the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction defected to the opposition United Democratic Party. “We call on the Gambian authorities... MORE
January 15, 2014

Gambian journalists charged with giving false information

Gambian authorities should drop the charges against two journalists who have been held since Monday on accusations of giving false information, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State security agents arrested Musa Sheriff , a Liberian citizen and editor of the thrice-weekly independent newspaper The Voice , and Sainey Marenah , a freelance journalist, and charged them under the criminal code with "providing false information to a public officer," local journalists told CPJ... MORE
January 4, 2014

Bans lifted on two media, but much still to be done

Reporters Without Borders has taken note of a New Year’s Day announcement by the president’s office lifting bans on The Standard newspaper and Teranga FM community radio station. The bans had been in effect for more than 16 months. “This announcement, described as a goodwill gesture by President Yahya Jammeh for the New Year, must not divert attention from all the violations of freedom of information that have taken place in recent months or the threats that continue to hang over journalists,”... MORE
January 19, 2011

Gambia: State security agents forcibly close community radio station

State security agents on Thursday last ransacked Teranga FM, a community radio station located outside the capital, and ordered its closure, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has learned from various sources. “We condemn such brutal methods and urge the government to explain this incident at once,” RSF said. “We also call for the station to be reopened. Independent media are rare in a country that is so hostile to press freedom. The effect of such measures is to... MORE
December 19, 2010

ECOWAS court orders Gambia to pay tortured journalist

Musa Saidykhan, who was detained for three weeks in 2006 by Gambian state security agents, was tortured and must receive compensation, a West African regional court ruled on Thursday. Saidykhan, editor-in-chief of the now-banned private biweekly The Independent , was detained for 22 days without charge by the Gambian National Intelligence Agency (NIA) during a brutal government crackdown following a purported coup plot. He said he was tortured during his detention and brought a lawsuit at the... MORE
December 16, 2010

Six years after journalist’s murder, Gambian authorities urged to let media breathe

On the sixth anniversary of leading Gambian journalist Deyda Hydara’s still unsolved murder, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has appealed to the authorities to stop obstructing an independent investigation and urges President Yahya Jammeh to liberalize the country’s media legislation by repealing the laws that were adopted in 2004. Hydara’s murder on December 16, 2004 and the promulgation two weeks later of the Newspaper Amendment Act 2004 and the Criminal Code... MORE