Jungler: Jammeh’s hit squad killed journalist Deyda Hydara

22 Jul

A Living Mirror, a book on the life of Deyda Hydara by Demba Ali Jawo and Aloe Ahmed Alota (Photo: The Point)

By Modou S. Joof

President Yahya Jammeh’s hit squad, the Junglers, killed journalist Deyda Dydara, the Gambia Truth Commission heard on Monday.

An ex-member of the autocratic leader’s assassin team, Malick Jatta, said he and three other assassins fired the gunshots that killed the journalist on December 16, 2004.

Hydara was co-founder of The Point newspaper, and a correspondent of Agence France-Presse, AFP and Reporters Without Borders, RSF. He was known to be a fierce critic of Jammeh and his tyranny and had questioned his desire to prolong his stay in power. Continue reading

UPDATE: Gambia Government Pays Compensation to Four Journalists

30 May

The Barrow government has yet to comply with the Court’s order to decriminalise anti-press freedom laws of sedition, defamation, and false news. Photo Credit: Modou S. Joof/FPI

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GAMBIA: Journalists Must Boycott NIA Interrogation For Press Accreditation

1 Apr

Local journalists fear that the press freedom space is gradually shrinking and, just like the military junta did between 1994 and 1996, this signals an end to the honeymoon period for journalists. In this photo, cameras raised at President Barrow’s inauguration in February 2017 (Photo by JOOFMS/TNBES)

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5 Reasons Why State House’s NIA Journalists Screening Is a Bad Idea

1 Apr

Without providing any evidence, President Barrow said some journalists asked him for money in exchange for favourable reports. He has also threatened to use obsolete colonial laws like sedition laws against journalists. Here (pic), Barrow hands cash to a local cultural performer upon his return to Banjul following the end of the political standoff.

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LIBERIA: Pres. Weah Signs Law Decriminalising Libel

7 Mar

Journalists and media houses in Liberia “have suffered crippling fines, arbitrary closures or long custodial sentences for publishing information deemed defamatory, according to MFWA (Photo Credit: Frontpage Africa).

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GAMBIA UPDATE: Government Yet to Pay Compensation to Four Journalists

14 Feb


[The] ECOWAS [Court] found that Gambia’s laws criminalizing speech and its treatment of four journalists during their arrest violated their rights, a statement by the Media Legal Defence Initiative said. Photo Credit: Modou S. Joof/FPI

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GAMBIA: Justice Minister Threatens Journalists, Activists With Court Action

17 Oct
Abubacarr Marie Tambadou, Gambia's Minister of Justice

The false publication law is broad and can also be applied to ordinary citizens.

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