Gambia / 2009

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Newly freed, Gambian columnist describes jail

September 8, 2009 1:56 PM ET

On an ordinary Friday, Sarata Jabbi-Dibba, a reporter in the West African nation of Gambia, publishes her weekly column on women’s issues, “She She She,” in the only independent daily newspaper here, The Point. Last Friday however, Dibba was herself a newsmaker—after recovering her freedom....

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Only the Gambian president has press freedom

July 31, 2009 4:32 PM ET

On July 22, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh once again went after journalists in an interview on the country's only state-run television station. The president made a thinly veiled threat toward six independent journalists currently facing "seditious publication" and "criminal defamation" charges in the country: "So they think they can hide...

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My incomplete mission: From the Gambia to the States

June 19, 2009 5:18 PM ET

My intention to remain in my home country, to use my pen to correct injustice, and to champion press freedom was aborted by security threats that forced me and my family into exile. I left behind my beloved country and editorial desk in the hands of perpetrators.  ...

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A Gambian journalist remembers torture in detention

June 19, 2009 1:46 PM ET

The unlawful detention of seven Gambian journalists since last Monday is serious cause for concern. These respected journalists were detained at the National Intelligence Agency headquarters in Banjul for "interrogation." They have been denied access by legal representation, family members, friends, or colleagues. On Thursday, they were charged with sedition...

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Gambia has 'no stake' in Hydara murder

June 10, 2009 5:45 PM ET

Last week, President Yahya Jammeh, at left, discussed the unsolved 2004 murder case of editor Deyda Hydara in an interview on "One on One," a weekly program on The Gambia Radio and Television Service. The government "has for long been accused by the international community and so-called human rights organisations for...

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Amnesty honors Manneh, others at Media Awards

June 8, 2009 3:06 PM ET

Amnesty International paid special recognition last week to Ebrima B. Manneh, a Gambian journalist who has disappeared, at its prestigious annual Media Awards ceremony in London. As Amnesty International UK's campaigner for individuals at risk in Africa, I was thrilled to be present at the awards ceremony and to watch...

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Six senators call for Ebrima Manneh's immediate release

April 23, 2009 10:08 AM ET

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) leads a group of six senators to call for the immediate release of the former state Daily Observer newspaper, "Chief" Ebrima Manneh today. Colleagues at the newspaper say they witnessed two plainclothes Gambian National Intelligence Agency officers whisk Manneh, right, away in July 2006. He has not been...

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Petition seeks a 'soft law' ruling in Manneh disappearance

April 16, 2009 1:59 PM ET

Eyewitnesses saw him being led away. "We were in our Banjul newsroom on July 7, 2006, working on the next issue of the Daily Observer, when two plainclothes officers with the Gambian National Intelligence Agency approached Chief," wrote Observer editor and correspondent Ousman Darboe. "I knew one of the officers...

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Keep digging into disappearance of Gambia's Manneh

April 15, 2009 2:43 PM ET

The whereabouts of "Chief" Ebrima Manneh, right, the Gambian journalist who has been missing since his arrest by state security agents in July 2006, has become an urgent issue again in the country's media houses, homes, and human rights offices. The question needs to be studied carefully, and no one...

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