Q & A: FPI’s Demba Kandeh speaks on his detention ordeal

21 Jul
Demba Kandeh, The Gambia-based contributor for Global Voices Online, the publisher of The Gambia News Waves, arrived Banjul Friday, July 18 (Photo Credit: Modou S. Joof/Globe/FPI/Nov2011)

Demba Kandeh, The Gambia-based contributor for Global Voices Online, and the publisher of The Gambia News Waves, arrived Banjul Friday, July 18 (Photo Credit: Modou S. Joof/Globe/FPI/Nov2011)

He was  was detained Thursday morning, July 17 by the Gendarme  at a Malian border  “for no obvious reasons.”

Then released the same day after more than two hours, but not until the Malian border guards emptied his wallet, seized his national identity card, and conducted unnecessary searches on his digital camera and hand luggage.

 

Front Page International, FPI, Editor-In-Chief and Gambian journalist and blogger, Demba Kandeh, speaks to News Editor Modou S. Joof on his detention ordeal. Read on… Continue reading

UPDATE: Gambian journalist detained by Mali border guards released

17 Jul
Demba Kandeh, FPI Editor (Photo taken from Facebook)

Demba Kandeh, FPI Editor (Photo taken from Facebook)

Gambian journalist Demba Kandeh who was detained Thursday morning by the Gendarme  at the Malian border town of Goundam has been released.

Kandeh, who was being held “for no obvious reasons” told FPI he arrived in Senegal at 6pm.

From Senegal, Kandeh told FPI: “I was released but not until they take away all my money.” Continue reading

NEWS ALERT: Gambian journalist detained in Mali

17 Jul
Demba Kandeh, FPI Editor (Photo taken from Facebook)

Demba Kandeh, FPI Editor (Photo taken from Facebook)

Gambian journalist Demba Kandeh is being detained by the Gendarme  at the Malian border town of Goundam, FPI has gathered.

He said he is being held “for no obvious reasons”.

“I have valid travel documents and I have not been told why I am detained,” Kandeh told FPI at 8am Thursday via phone.

He was being held for more than two hours at the time, while on  on his way to Banjul.  His phone number: +22361102106 is now unreachable. Continue reading

Rights groups condemn plans for immunity of African leaders

15 May
The International Criminal Court in The Hague ...
AU’s shocking move follows strident attacks on the International Criminal Court, ICC, by some African leaders who accused it of a witch-hunt. Now, they want to give themselves immunity over the same crimes The Hague-based ICC/CPI indicted some of them for. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Modou S. Joof

African leaders through their justice ministers and attorney generals are creeping their feet towards considering a draft protocol that would give leaders immunity on grave crimes against humanity.

These justice ministers and attorney generals of the AU are scheduled to meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia May 15-16 to consider a draft protocol to expand the authority of the African Court on Justice and Human Rights to include criminal jurisdiction over genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Also, a proposal providing immunity for heads of state and senior government officials from prosecution for such crimes is being considered as part of the amended protocol.

But African human rights organisations from 19 countries and a host of international human rights organisations working in Africa have said the plan to give immunity to sitting government leaders before the Court would be a major setback for justice for grave crimes. Continue reading

Outrage intensify over schoolgirls abduction in Nigeria

9 May
Boko Haram

Image depicts Boko Haram (Photo credit: AK Rockefeller)

By Modou S. Joof

There has been global outrage over the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the militant group Boko Haram on April 14.

Public protests are holding in Nigeria and across the world while the hashtag (#BringBackOurGirls) gains widespread notice on social media. The girls were taken from a school in the northern state of Borno and there whereabouts remains unknown amid growing anger in Nigeria.

In The Gambia, the Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices, Gamcotrap, and the Child Protection Alliance, CPA, has expressed a message of solidarity to Nigerian government and families of the girls. Continue reading

Gambia: Stifled media calls on government to uphold press freedom

4 May
Ebrima Manneh

Journalists ‘Chief’ Ebrima Manneh went missing in Gambia in 2006, his whereabouts remain unknown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Binta A. Bah

As Gambia mark world press freedom day, the country’s press union has once again called on the government to uphold constitutional provisions that guarantee press freedom and freedom of expression.

On May 3, executive director Jibairu Janneh of the Gambia Press Union, said reminds government of its commitment towards media freedom.

“We call on The Gambia government to recognize and uphold section 207 of the Constitution which demands the press be free at all times…,” he said. Continue reading

Gambia: Women dying due to pregnancy, childbirth drops

23 Apr
Gambian woman and child.

Gambian woman and child. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Lamin Jahateh

Maternal mortality has reduced by 59 per cent in The Gambia over the past fourteen years, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health has said quoting the findings of the Demographic Health Survey conducted nationwide.

Dr Makie Taal said the 2013 survey indicates a maternal mortality ratio of 433 per 100,000 live births which is a reduction of 59 per cent compared to the figure fourteen years ago.

He was speaking on Wednesday at a local hotel in Kololi during the beginning of a 2-day health research conference organized by the ministry in collaboration with the University of Oslo, Norway. Continue reading

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