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Alerts   |   Gambia

ECOWAS court rules Gambia failed to investigate journalist murder

The son of the late journalist Deyda Hydara, in blue, stands outside the ECOWAS court with his lawyers. (CPJ/Peter Nkanga)

Abuja, Nigeria, June 10, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's ruling by a West African regional court, which found that the Gambian government failed to conduct a meaningful investigation into the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara. The ruling is the first ECOWAS case relating to the murder of a Gambian journalist.

Attacks on the Press   |   Gambia

Attacks on the Press in 2013: Gambia

The government of President Yahya Jammeh sought to tighten its grip on the already weak independent press with detentions, criminal prosecutions, and the introduction of more repressive legislation. The National Intelligence Agency arbitrarily detained at least three reporters in connection with their work for prolonged periods of time. One remained in detention in late year. Authorities announced their intention to re-introduce statutory regulation of the press with a government-run Media Commission and criminalized online dissidence by passing a law imposing a harsh prison sentence on any individual, living in the country or abroad, who uses the Internet to criticize public officials. No new information surfaced on the whereabouts of journalist Ebrima “Chief” Manneh, who disappeared after being arrested by agency officers seven years ago. The government has made contradicting claims about Manneh’s whereabouts and health over the years, and has not complied with various international rulings ordering his release.

February 12, 2014 2:06 AM ET

  |   Afrique, Attaques contre la presse, Gambie

Attaques contre la presse en 2013: Gambie

Le gouvernement du président Yahya Jammeh resserre son étau contre la presse indépendante déjà affaiblie par les détentions arbitraires, les poursuites pénales, et l'adoption d'une législation plus répressive. L'Agence nationale de renseignement a détenu arbitrairement pour une durée illimitée, au moins trois journalistes. L’un des journalistes était toujours en détention à la fin de l’année. Les autorités ont annoncé leur intention de réintroduire la loi sur la réglementation de la presse, - mise en place d’une Commission des Médias -gérée par le gouvernement, et la pénalisation de la dissidence en ligne- en adoptant une loi qui impose une lourde peine d’emprisonnement à toute personne vivant dans le pays ou à l'étranger, qui se servirait d’Internet pour critiquer les autorités publiques. Aucune nouvelle information n’a filtré sur le sort du journaliste Ebrima “Chief” Manneh, qui a disparu après avoir été arrêté, il y a sept ans, par des agents de l'agence de renseignement. Pendant plusieurs années, le gouvernement a fait des annonces contradictoires sur son lieu de détention et son état de santé, et a ignoré les appels de la communauté internationale pour sa libération.

12 février 2014 1h41 ET

Letters   |   Ethiopia, Gambia, Nigeria, Somalia

CPJ calls on African Union to uphold press freedom

Dear Chairperson Zuma: We ask that you mark World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2013, by calling for the release of all journalists imprisoned in Africa and appealing for justice in the murders of journalists killed in the line of duty.

Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambia's NIA harasses, detains journalist without charge

Abdoulie John is being detained without charge. (Abdoulie John)

Abuja, Nigeria, January 9, 2013--Gambian authorities should immediately release Abdoulie John, a journalist who has been detained without charge in Banjul since Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. John has been harassed by the Gambian National Intelligence Agency since early December, news reports said.

John, editor of the online news website Jollof News and a contributor to The Associated Press, was summoned for questioning at the headquarters of the NIA at around 2 p.m. on Monday, Lamin Jahateh, a representative of the Gambia Press Union, who was with John at the time, told CPJ. John was questioned for about three hours, he said. Emil Touray, president of the union, told CPJ that the agents took John to his home where they conducted a search, before returning him to custody.

Blog   |   Gambia

More can be done to get justice for Deyda Hydara

Deyda Hydara and his wife Maria circa 1989 (Hydara family)

In the eight years since unidentified assailants shot and killed Deyda Hydara of the Gambia, no one has been held to account. The late 2004 murder of Hydara, an immensely respected editor, columnist, and press freedom advocate known for his criticism of President Yahya Jammeh's repressive media policies, became a rallying point for Gambian journalists and the human rights community--a symbol of the violent means by which activists and journalists are silenced and of the impunity that envelops acts of intimidation, ranging from arson to torture and murder. 

December 17, 2012 1:40 PM ET

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December 10, 2012 5:18 PM ET

Attacks on the Press

Attacks on the Press in 2011: Africa

Analyses and data chart press freedom conditions throughout the region. Mohamed Keita examines the false choice between development and press freedom, while Tom Rhodes probes an unsolved murder in Kenya that reverberates worldwide.

February 21, 2012 11:32 PM ET

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