Tag Archives: Banjul. The Gambia

Sanna Camara: Returning home was exciting and somewhat surreal for me

3 May

It was touching for me as a father and husband… These are moments you wouldn’t trade for anything in life, he says (Photo Credit: Facebook/Sanna Camara)

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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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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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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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