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Aboubacarr Saidykhan: It was unbelievable to my parents when I surfaced in my neighborhood

3 May

He fled to neighbouring Senegal after reported threats to his life, but his host country imprisonment him and threatened to have him deported. In this photo, he is being interviewed by a Senego TV on the occasion of Gambia’s independence anniversary (Photo Credit: M.S.Joof/FPI/Feb 2017)

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Senegal: No longer a sanctuary for African dissidents

9 Jan

The West African State has adopted a policy of expelling African refugees critical of their home countries

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Senegal president Macky Sall-walks-down-stairs-as-he-leaves-an-airplane-on-october-18-2012-upon-arrival-to-the-felix-houphouet-boigny-airport-in-abidjan-to-attend-the-58th-congress (photo credit: Getty Images)

By Modou S. Joof

Senegal has earned itself worldwide respect and recognition for its democratic principles, respect for human rights and the rule of law – democratic tenets founded by the West African country’s first President, Leopold Sedar Senghor from 1960 to 1980.

However, the government’s recent adoption of an unexpected policy of expelling African refugee dissidents, who have sought refuge in Senegal and are still critical of their home governments, is becoming worrisome.

Under the leadership of President Macky Sall, who was seen as an emblem for democracy in African following his election in 2012, the country has taken what observers calls a “democratic u-turn” by deporting African refugees to countries where their safety and security is not guaranteed. Continue reading

Senegal: Authorities ‘threaten’ to expel Gambian freelance journalist

16 Aug
Sall’s Government has adopted an “unannounced policy of expelling foreign dissidents” who have seek refuge in the West African country which have earned a certain degree of respect for its democratic principles over the years.

Senegal’s Government has adopted an “unannounced policy of expelling foreign dissidents” who have seek refuge in the West African country which have seen a slight deterioration in respect for human rights under the leadership of Macky Sall since April (Photo Credit: Abubacarr Saidykhan/Facebook)

By Modou S. Joof

Senegalese authorities have “threatened” to expel Gambian freelance journalist, Abubacarr Saidykhan on Monday, if he continue to be opposed to the Gambian regime, according to reports.

Saidykhan has been living in the Senegalese capital Dakar in self-imposed exile since fleeing The Gambia in October 2012 over reported “death threats” leveled against him by unidentified men believed to be state security agents.

Prior to his flight, freelance journalist Saidykhan was arrested and detained in September 2012 by the Banjul Bureau of the International Police Agency, INTERPOL, after he and a colleague journalist, Baboucarr Ceesay, had applied for a police permit to peacefully demonstrate against President Yahya Jammeh’s execution of nine death row inmates by firing squad.

Reports indicated that two senior officials of the President Macky Sall-led Government met Saidykhan recently over the fate of his asylum application – and told him “Senegal will not allow any Gambian fugitive in Senegal to continue to be actively involved in opposition to the authorities in The Gambia”. Continue reading

Dilemma of being an outspoken Imam, journalist in Gambia

4 Aug

You either speak “the government truth” or keep quiet, write authors.

 

Journalists can be detained on loose interpretations of the criminal law. In one case, two journalists (Baboucarr Ceesay & Abubacarr Saidykhan) were arrested for sedition when they applied for a permit to hold a peaceful demonstration (Photo Credit: The Daily News)

Journalists can be detained on loose interpretations of the criminal law. In one case, two journalists (Baboucarr Ceesay & Abubacarr Saidykhan) were arrested for sedition when they applied for a permit to hold a peaceful demonstration (Photo Credit: The Daily News)

By Lamin Jahateh & Modou S. Joof

Journalists and religious leaders, in this case Imams, have different but similar critical roles in enlightening the people on various issues and cultivating a culture of understanding – putting every issue into its right context and perspective.

Imams are expected to tell their congregations about religion, ethics and current affairs particularly those that have bearing on Islam.  Gone are the days when Imams would be called on only to lead prayers five times a day. People expect more and more from their religious leaders.

Being teachers of morality, Muslim clerics are under both divine and social duty to speak and if possible write against the ills in the society.  They have a moral responsibility and also the authority to speak out on any issue that affects their congregations. Continue reading

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