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Mourning Dictator’s Departure: Tears drop at airport as Jammeh leaves for E. Guinea

23 Jan
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With each step Jammeh took towards the door of the aircraft, his supporters, airport authorities and his protocol, wept heavily. (Photo Credit: LJahateh/FPI/Jan2017)

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Presidential candidate without high school qualification ineligible – legal expert

8 Nov
The Electoral Commission is not on record to have ever rejected a presidential candidate on the basis of educational qualification. Until this year, there has never been any discourse on the educational requirement of any candidate vying to be president in the country. Photo Credit: Omar Wally

The Electoral Commission is not on record to have ever rejected a presidential candidate on the basis of educational qualification. Until this year, there has never been any discourse on the educational requirement of any candidate vying to be president in the country. Photo Credit: Omar Wally

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Gambia: Women’s Rights Activist Launches Candidacy For Presidency

2 Sep
A women's rights activist will today officially announce her candidacy for President of The Gambia in a ceremony holding at a local hotel in Kololi, a resort town situated 18 kilometers west of the Gambian capital, Banjul.

A women’s rights activist will today officially announce her candidacy for President of The Gambia in a ceremony holding at a local hotel in Kololi, a resort town situated 18 kilometers west of the Gambian capital, Banjul. (Photo Credit: MSJoof/FPI/Sept2016)

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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

Senegalese Border Police harass, detain Gambian journalist and Sierra Leonean Author

4 Oct
Gambian journalist Baboucarr Ceesay (L) and Sierra Leonean author Chernoh Alpha M. Bah were detained for refusing to pay a bribe to Senegalese police (Photo: MSJoof/FPI/October 2015)

Gambian journalist Baboucarr Ceesay (L) and Sierra Leonean author Chernoh Alpha M. Bah were detained for refusing to pay a bribe to Senegalese police (Photo: MSJoof/FPI/October 2015)

Senegalese Police at the town of Karang on Senegal-Gambia border on Wednesday reportedly assaulted and detained an independent Gambian journalist, Baboucarr Ceesay following a controversy involving a Sierra Leonean political activist and author, Chernoh Alpha M. Bah.

Bah was travelling with Ceesay to Banjul from Senegal on the invitation of Mr. Ceesay, a former vice president of the Gambian Press Union (GPU) and publisher of the Gambia Watchdog blog, when they were harassed and assaulted by Senegalese border police.

Bah is the author of a new book, Ebola Outbreak in West Africa: Corporate Gangsters, Multinationals & Rogue Politicians. Continue reading

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