Tag Archives: Human Rights

GPU condemns arrests and deportation of journalists, internet blockade

14 Dec

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Gambia Press Union (GPU) Statement on Press Freedom Situation During 2016 Presidential Election

14 Dec
GPU SG Saikou Jammeh Wednesday said the Union condemns, in the strongest terms, the arrest and detention of media practitioners during the elections. (Photo Credit: MSJoof/FPI/Dec2016)

GPU SG Saikou Jammeh Wednesday said the Union condemns in the strongest terms the arrest and detention of media practitioners during the elections. (Photo Credit: MSJoof/FPI/Dec2016)

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NIA Harass Reuters Journalists Covering Gambia Election

2 Dec
Mané and Gouegnon had been preparing to send a report on Jammeh’s voting in Banjul and the election process via the satellite. (Photo Credit: MSJoof/FPI/Dec2016)

Mane and Gouegnon had been preparing to send a report on Jammeh’s voting in Banjul and the election process via the satellite. Photo shows voters at Serekunda Lower Basic School (Photo Credit: MSJoof/FPI/Dec2016)

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Zimbabwe Court Struck Defamation Laws

4 Feb
Local journalists in Banjul had called for a Reform of Media Laws on World Press Freedom Day 2013 (Photo Credit: Modou S. Joof/Globe/FPI)

Local journalists in Banjul, The Gambia, had also called for a Reform of Media Laws (Photo Credit: Modou S. Joof/Globe/FPI)

All laws assigning criminal penalties to defamation contradict guarantees of press freedom enshrined in Zimbabwe’s constitution, a panel of nine judges led by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku ruled on Wednesday. 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

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THE GAMBIA ALERT: GPU calls for immediate release of Taranga FM Managing Director

5 Jul

The Gambia Press Union is calling for
the immediate release of the manager
of Teranga FM radio station, Mr Alagie
[Ceesay], who was picked up on the night of Thursday July 2, 2015, at the
premises of Teranga FM.

According to information gathered from
staff and family members, two men
suspected to be state security agents
came for Mr. Sisay shortly after breaking his fast.

A family source said: “We were sitting
in the compound after Iftar. Alagie
Ceesay sent someone to buy Green Tea.
While we were waiting, one of his
friends, Ous Sillah, came to inform him that there were two men looking for
him. So, he left the compound to attend
to them, but he never returned.

“Ous then followed him to enquire, but
he was asked by the two men to move
away, which he did.

“Ous later made attempt to inform family members, but
it
too late, as they had already left with
him in a black Pajero that was
parked outside the radio station.”

Four days have since passed and his whereabouts remains unknown to
family
and staff as well as colleagues.
This is
not the first time that Teranga FM
has come under attack.

Previous
managers have on several occasions been
subjected to interrogations at the NIA
in relation to their work and the
station itself was arbitrarily shut down
three times in under five years by
the state.

The family, supported by the GPU, has
already lodged a complaint at the Old
Yundum Police Station.

We are calling on the good office of
Inspector General of Police to
investigate the case of Alagie [Ceesay] and to ensure that he reunites with
his family and staff, who are missing his
presence in this Holy Month of
Ramadan.

The GPU is committed to the protection
and promotion of press freedom and freedom of expression.

Source: GPU

Banjul Crowned ‘Capital City’ of Human Rights Violation

30 Apr
Map of The Gambia (Photo Credit: lonelyplanet.com)

Map of The Gambia (Photo Credit: lonelyplanet.com)

A damning report by ARTICLE 19 West Africa has named the city of Banjul as the “capital of human rights violations in Africa.”

“Today, Banjul has become the capital of human rights violations in Africa, thus undermining the credibility of the African mechanism for human rights,” according to the report, Freedom of Expression and Human Rights Situation in The Gambia.

The report was presented on Wednesday April 29 to the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) at its 56th Ordinary Session being held in Banjul.

It noted that freedom of expression is an important pillar in the protection of human rights, and without it other human rights will be meaningless. Continue reading

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