Abuja, Nigeria, July 11, 2012--A
Gambian judge ordered the arrest of a journalist Tuesday on contempt of court
charges, the third instance of a journalist being detained on such charges in
as many weeks, according to local journalists.
Police arrested Sidiq Asemota, the legal affairs correspondent of the pro-government Daily Observer, while he was on assignment at the High Court in Banjul, the capital, his employer reported. Judge Emmanuel Nkea of the Special Criminal Court had issued an arrest warrant for Asemota on Monday, news reports said.