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GPU condemns arrests and deportation of journalists, internet blockade

14 Dec

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Gambia Press Union (GPU) Statement on Press Freedom Situation During 2016 Presidential Election

14 Dec
GPU SG Saikou Jammeh Wednesday said the Union condemns, in the strongest terms, the arrest and detention of media practitioners during the elections. (Photo Credit: MSJoof/FPI/Dec2016)

GPU SG Saikou Jammeh Wednesday said the Union condemns in the strongest terms the arrest and detention of media practitioners during the elections. (Photo Credit: MSJoof/FPI/Dec2016)

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NIA Harass Reuters Journalists Covering Gambia Election

2 Dec
Mané and Gouegnon had been preparing to send a report on Jammeh’s voting in Banjul and the election process via the satellite. (Photo Credit: MSJoof/FPI/Dec2016)

Mane and Gouegnon had been preparing to send a report on Jammeh’s voting in Banjul and the election process via the satellite. Photo shows voters at Serekunda Lower Basic School (Photo Credit: MSJoof/FPI/Dec2016)

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Hundreds Pay Last Respect to Legendary Broadcaster, George Christensen

11 Jun
Mr. Christensen was known to be an ardent advocate for press freedom and freedom of expression and had endured burns and questioning in attacks including arson on his radio. Photo Credit: M.S.Joof/FPI/TNBES

Mr. Christensen was known to be an ardent advocate for press freedom and freedom of expression and had endured burns and questioning in attacks including arson on his radio. Photo Credit: M.S.Joof/FPI/TNBES

By Modou S. Joof

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the late George Christensen‘s house and attended a church service in Fajara on Friday to pay their last respect to the legendary broadcast journalist.

Mr. Christensen, 64, died on June 3, 2016 when he returned to Banjul after attending the second ‘International Civil Society Forum on The Gambia’ in Dakar, Senegal ahead of the ECOWAS Summit.

Local journalists in Banjul say his death is a “big loss” and has brought “sad times” for the Gambian media.

His coffin was covered with a white piece of cloth that carried his name, age, a logo of The Gambia Press Union and the inscription: “Defender of Freedom of Expression.” Continue reading

A Big Loss and A Sad Day: Gambian Media Mourns Death of Legendary Broadcaster, George Christensen

8 Jun
George Christensen was known to be a principled and truth-telling man but was also quite jovial sometimes (Photo Credit: Facebook)

George Christensen was known to be a principled and truth-telling man but was also quite jovial sometimes (Photo Credit: Facebook)

By Modou S. Joof

Local journalists in Banjul have described the death of Mr. George Christensen, the founder and proprietor of Radio 1 FM as “a big loss and a sad day for The Gambian media.”

Mr. Christensen, 64, died on June 3, 2016 when he returned to Banjul after attending the second ‘International Civil Society Forum on The Gambia’ in Dakar, Senegal ahead of the ECOWAS Summit.

The veteran radio journalist, commonly referred as Uncle George by young journalists, trained some of the finest journalists, and bloggers in The Gambia –some of whom owned radio stations and online multimedia news organisations. Continue reading

Gambia: Dozens detained over opposition protests

17 Apr

1. FB_IMG_1460844027868Dozens of Gambians have been arrested and detained over protests calling for “proper electoral reform” Thursday and subsequent protests calling for the release of those detained Saturday.

At least one opposition leader has been reported death in the hands of security officers following the April 14, 2016 protests.

Protesters from the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) led by the National Organising Secretary, Ebrima Solo Sandeng, and others from political parties like the National Convention Party and the National Reconciliation Party marched more than one kilometer from Serekunda to Westfield displaying a banner indicating “We Need Proper Electoral Reform”. Continue reading

Zimbabwe Court Struck Defamation Laws

4 Feb
Local journalists in Banjul had called for a Reform of Media Laws on World Press Freedom Day 2013 (Photo Credit: Modou S. Joof/Globe/FPI)

Local journalists in Banjul, The Gambia, had also called for a Reform of Media Laws (Photo Credit: Modou S. Joof/Globe/FPI)

All laws assigning criminal penalties to defamation contradict guarantees of press freedom enshrined in Zimbabwe’s constitution, a panel of nine judges led by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku ruled on Wednesday. Continue reading

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