Blog   |   Gambia

Remembering Deyda Hydara, four years after his murder

I last saw Deyda Hydara alive on December 14, 2004, only two days before his death. To this day, the gunmen who shot dead the Gambia's best-known journalist as he drove home from work are still at large. The crime remains unsolved.

December 16, 2008 5:41 PM ET


Reports   |   China, Cuba, Eritrea, Gambia, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Myanmar, USA, Uzbekistan

CPJ's 2008 prison census: Online and in jail

Also: See capsule reports on journalists in jail as of December 1, 2008

New York, December 4, 2008--Reflecting the rising influence of online reporting and commentary, more Internet journalists are jailed worldwide today than journalists working in any other medium. In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, released today, the Committee to Protect Journalists found that 45 percent of all media workers jailed worldwide are bloggers, Web-based reporters, or online editors. Online journalists represent the largest professional category for the first time in CPJ's prison census.

Dangerous Assignments   |   Gambia

The Witness

The writer spent months trying to find a colleague secretly jailed in the Gambia. Then he took the witness stand.

October 21, 2008 1:32 PM ET


Case   |   Gambia

Police charge editor with sedition

JULY 20, 2008
Posted September 25, 2008
Abduhamid Adiamoh, Today

Police accused the managing director of the private daily Today with sedition on July 21, following his arrest and questioning three days earlier. Managing Director Abdulhamid Adiamoh told CPJ that he was arrested on July 17 and spent several hours at police headquarters in Banjul.

September 25, 2008 4:56 PM ET

Blog   |   Gambia

UPDATED: In Manneh case, Gambia silent as questions mount

Considerable international press coverage arose from U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin's statements on the Senate floor last week, calling on the Gambian government to release imprisoned journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh. But Durbin's request has not drawn a response from the Gambian Embassy in Washington. Ambassador Abdul R. Cole told CPJ today that his government would not "be making any comment on this."


August 6, 2008 5:46 PM ET


Impact   |   China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Gambia, Jordan, Morocco, Switzerland, Tunisia

CPJ Impact

August 2008
News from the Committee to Protect Journalists
August 1, 2008 12:00 AM ET


Alerts   |   Gambia

CPJ urges Gambia to abide by ruling, free Ebrima Manneh

New York, June 6, 2008—CPJ applauds a regional court’s ruling on Thursday declaring the 2006 arrest of Gambian journalist “Chief” Ebrima Manneh to be illegal and ordering his immediate release.

The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States also ordered the Gambian government to pay US$100,000 in damages to Manneh’s family, according to Funmi Falana, one of the prosecution lawyers. The Media Foundation for West Africa had filed the legal action with the Nigeria-based court in 2007, seeking an order compelling the Gambian government to release Manneh.
June 6, 2008 12:00 PM ET


Case   |   Gambia

The Gambia: RFI back on the air after 10-day ban

FEBRUARY 11, 2008
Original alert on January 22, 2008
Posted February 15, 2008

Radio France Internationale

February 11, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Iraq, Mexico, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press 2007: Introduction

By Joel Simon

In August 2008, when the Olympic torch is lit in Beijing, more than 20,000 journalists will be on hand to cover the competition between the world's greatest athletes. Behind the scenes, another competition will be taking place. If the Chinese government has its way, this one will remain hidden. It will be a battle over information, and it will have far greater implications for the world than the medal count.
February 5, 2008 12:11 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Togo

Attacks on the Press 2007: Africa Analysis

When Press Freedom and Democracy Are Out of Step
By Tom Rhodes

Ballots may have replaced bullets in much of Africa since the dawn of this new century, but one of the great political ironies for at least part of the continent has been a loss of press freedom following the voting. Leaders in a large swath of sub-Saharan Africa have drawn approving nods from Western politicians for holding sometimes unprecedented elections. Three such countries are the Gambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Ethiopia. All have democratically elected presidents and Western support. Yet between them they hold the unenviable record of placing at or near the top of CPJ's 2007 list of the world's worst backsliders on press freedom.
February 5, 2008 12:10 PM ET


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