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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


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

PURA tells internet cafés: ‘Register or stop operations’

15 May
Voice over Internet Protocol, how it works

Voice over Internet Protocol, how it works (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Gambia ‘clarify’ internet communication restrictions

23 Apr
Image representing Skype as depicted in CrunchBase

The Gambia says Skype is not banned but still restrict internet cafes from commercialising it (Image via CrunchBase)

By Modou S. Joof

The Gambia’s Ministry of Information Monday said Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services such as the use of Skype or Viper to make local or international calls has not been “banned” in the country.

The clarification followed a heated debate on, and offline, over an earlier statement issued by the country’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, PURA, on April 19, 2013 which prohibited companies and individual internet café operators from “offering dating and VoIP services as a commercially available service” to Gambians. Continue reading

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