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FPI’s Demba Kandeh to Speak on ‘Newest Trends on Censorship, Surveillance and Activism’ at 2017 RightsCon

29 Mar

He will talk about The Gambia’s case of protests, internet shutdowns and the eventual change in power (Photo Credit: M.S.Joof/FPI/December 2012)

By Modou S. Joof

Front Page International’s editor-in-chief, Demba Kandeh, is among seven renowned speakers at the 2017 RightsCon to be held in the Belgian capital, Brussels from 29-31 March.

Kandeh will be teaming up with speakers from Freedom House, Paradigm Initiative, Facebook, and Digital Rights Foundation at the Crowne Plaza in Brussels where discussions will focus on the “newest trends in censorship, surveillance, and activism.” 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

THE GAMBIA AT FIFTY: How Far Have We Come?

2 Feb

It was barely a little over a decade after the dust has settled on the war that the winds of change emerged in Africa, writes Demba Kandeh.

Decolonisation in Africa  heightened the aspirations for many. (Photo Credit: Bugbog.com)

Decolonisation in Africa heightened the aspirations of many. (Photo Credit: Bugbog.com)

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Q & A: FPI’s Demba Kandeh speaks on his detention ordeal

21 Jul
Demba Kandeh, The Gambia-based contributor for Global Voices Online, the publisher of The Gambia News Waves, arrived Banjul Friday, July 18 (Photo Credit: Modou S. Joof/Globe/FPI/Nov2011)

Demba Kandeh, The Gambia-based contributor for Global Voices Online, and the publisher of The Gambia News Waves, arrived Banjul Friday, July 18 (Photo Credit: Modou S. Joof/Globe/FPI/Nov2011)

He was  was detained Thursday morning, July 17 by the Gendarme  at a Malian border  “for no obvious reasons.”

Then released the same day after more than two hours, but not until the Malian border guards emptied his wallet, seized his national identity card, and conducted unnecessary searches on his digital camera and hand luggage.

 

Front Page International, FPI, Editor-In-Chief and Gambian journalist and blogger, Demba Kandeh, speaks to News Editor Modou S. Joof on his detention ordeal. Read on… Continue reading

UPDATE: Gambian journalist detained by Mali border guards released

17 Jul
Demba Kandeh, FPI Editor (Photo taken from Facebook)

Demba Kandeh, FPI Editor (Photo taken from Facebook)

Gambian journalist Demba Kandeh who was detained Thursday morning by the Gendarme  at the Malian border town of Goundam has been released.

Kandeh, who was being held “for no obvious reasons” told FPI he arrived in Senegal at 6pm.

From Senegal, Kandeh told FPI: “I was released but not until they take away all my money.” Continue reading

NEWS ALERT: Gambian journalist detained in Mali

17 Jul
Demba Kandeh, FPI Editor (Photo taken from Facebook)

Demba Kandeh, FPI Editor (Photo taken from Facebook)

Gambian journalist Demba Kandeh is being detained by the Gendarme  at the Malian border town of Goundam, FPI has gathered.

He said he is being held “for no obvious reasons”.

“I have valid travel documents and I have not been told why I am detained,” Kandeh told FPI at 8am Thursday via phone.

He was being held for more than two hours at the time, while on  on his way to Banjul.  His phone number: +22361102106 is now unreachable. Continue reading

The Gambia: Journalists Battle the Dilemma of Ethical Issues

9 Dec
Professional Ethics (journal)

Professional Ethics (journal) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Described as the business of gathering and disseminating news through varied channels, journalism is also about the business of seeking the truth and reporting it. Journalists therefore, write about individuals, events, institutions, `organisations, governments among others. Journalists through their media are the major purveyors of information and opinion, especially on issues of public interest. Reporters across platforms, endeavour to provide their audience and or readers with accurate, balanced and reliable information. Information is considered by many as a basic necessity for one to function “effectively” in a given society. Journalism is also seen as a force for good in the drive towards democracy and democratisation. But the work of journalists is mired with lot of challenges and opportunities. Continue reading

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