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Gambia Alert: Authorities Shutdown Media Critical of New Government

14 Jun

Some local journalists concerned with press freedom argue that the move is an assault on the media and freedom of expression. The country’s first daily since 1992 is shutdown by Gambian authorities over non-payment of tax in the region of D17 million (Photo Credit: Access Gambia).

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The Daily Observer Closure: An Assault on Press Freedom?

14 Jun

The country’s first daily since 1992 is shutdown by Gambian authorities over non-payment of tax in the region of D17 million (Photo Credit: Access Gambia).

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Trial of journalist Jobe fails to proceed again, witness is ‘sick’

1 May
Daily Observer Editor Alagie Jobe has been in State custody since his arrest in February 2013

Daily Observer Editor Alagie Jobe has been in State custody since his arrest in February 2013

By Modou S. Joof

The criminal trial against Alagie Jobe, Deputy Editor of the pro-government Daily Observer newspaper has been moved to May 7, 2013 after it failed to proceed once again on Tuesday.

The Kanifing Magistrates Court, which is presiding over the case, was told on April 30 that “first prosecution witness Jawor Darboe is sick”.

Exactly a week ago, the trial could not proceed after it was announced that the police officer has traveled out of The Gambia.

Jobe is facing seven criminal charges including sedition. He has pleaded not guilty since March 12 this year when he first appeared at the lower court.

On Tuesday, Magistrate Hilary Abeke, presiding, was told State prosecutor A.M Yusuf sent an SMS (short message on mobile phone) to defence counsel Seega Gaye that he would not be in court because the first prosecution witness Jawor Darboe is sick. Continue reading

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