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.”

FPI welcomes his release from illegal detention and calls on the Malian government to address the “criminal and unprofessional conduct” of its border guards.

“The role of security officials at border posts is to ensure safety and security of travelers and not to rip them off of their monies or belongings,” says FPI news editor Modou S. Joof.

Mali is a member of the sub-regional economic bloc, ECOWAS, which has a Protocol that allows for the free movement of people. Respect for and the implementation of this Protocol has been somewhat loose in member states.

FPI had earlier condemned his detention in the strongest terms and called for his immediate and unconditional release.

Kandeh is FPI‘s Editor-In-Chief, The Gambia-based contributor for Global Voices Online, the publisher of The Gambia News Waves and a former deputy editor at Today Newspaper.

On Wednesday, the Mali government and rebel groups begin meetings in Algiers to map out a peace agreement, 12 months after the country return to democracy. But its northern region continues to be plagued by violent clashes and suicide attacks.

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