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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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Jammeh Tells IEC Chair: Do What Is Right And Fear No One

10 Nov
In his 22-year grip on power, Mr. Jammeh has been accused of rights abuses and cracking down on his opponents. His supporters credit him for bringing “rapid development” especially on infrastructure. (Photo Credit: MENjie/MansaBanko)

In his 22-year grip on power, Mr. Jammeh has been accused of rights abuses and cracking down on his opponents. His supporters credit him for bringing “rapid development” especially on infrastructure. (Photo Credit: M.E.Njie/MansaBanko)

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Adama Barrow: Easy to Accept Polls If IEC Chairperson is Independent

9 Nov
The Gambia’s often repressed opposition are of the view that “no one candidate or political party can win against the incumbent” in a first past the post system of voting – which offers victory to a candidate with a simple majority of the total votes cast. (Photo Credit: MSJ/FPI/Nov2016)

The Gambia’s often repressed opposition are of the view that “no one candidate or political party can win against the incumbent” in a first past the post system of voting – which offers victory to a candidate with a simple majority of the total votes cast. (Photo Credit: MSJ/FPI/Nov2016)

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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

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

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