Augustine Kanjia of the private daily The Point was being held at a police station in Serrekunda, Gambia's largest city, according to defense lawyer Assan Martin.
A plainclothes security agent whisked away the reporter on Monday after seizing his camera, Point Deputy News Editor Abba Jibba told CPJ. Kanjia was among dozens of journalists, including a camera crew from state-run Gambia Radio and Television Service, who had gathered outside a packed magistrate court in the Kanifing suburb of Serrekunda, according to local journalists.
"This arrest, in the
wake of last week's imprisonment of seven senior Gambian journalists,
highlights a long-standing pattern of criminalization and intimidation of
independent journalism," said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator
Kanjia, a Sierra Leone native who fled during that country's civil war, joined The Point in 1994, according to Jibba.