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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

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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THE GAMBIA ALERT: GPU calls for immediate release of Taranga FM Managing Director

5 Jul

The Gambia Press Union is calling for
the immediate release of the manager
of Teranga FM radio station, Mr Alagie
[Ceesay], who was picked up on the night of Thursday July 2, 2015, at the
premises of Teranga FM.

According to information gathered from
staff and family members, two men
suspected to be state security agents
came for Mr. Sisay shortly after breaking his fast.

A family source said: “We were sitting
in the compound after Iftar. Alagie
Ceesay sent someone to buy Green Tea.
While we were waiting, one of his
friends, Ous Sillah, came to inform him that there were two men looking for
him. So, he left the compound to attend
to them, but he never returned.

“Ous then followed him to enquire, but
he was asked by the two men to move
away, which he did.

“Ous later made attempt to inform family members, but
it
too late, as they had already left with
him in a black Pajero that was
parked outside the radio station.”

Four days have since passed and his whereabouts remains unknown to
family
and staff as well as colleagues.
This is
not the first time that Teranga FM
has come under attack.

Previous
managers have on several occasions been
subjected to interrogations at the NIA
in relation to their work and the
station itself was arbitrarily shut down
three times in under five years by
the state.

The family, supported by the GPU, has
already lodged a complaint at the Old
Yundum Police Station.

We are calling on the good office of
Inspector General of Police to
investigate the case of Alagie [Ceesay] and to ensure that he reunites with
his family and staff, who are missing his
presence in this Holy Month of
Ramadan.

The GPU is committed to the protection
and promotion of press freedom and freedom of expression.

Source: GPU

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