Gambia / 2010

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Deyda Hydara, a friend and colleague murdered in impunity

December 20, 2010 2:34 PM ET

I can still vividly recall how the news of Deyda Hydara's killing was relayed to me on the morning of December 17, 2004, after I returned from a trip to Zambia the previous night. Very early that morning, I called his childhood friend and partner at The Point, Pap...

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Jammeh 'award' coverage reflects chill in Gambian press

September 24, 2010 3:26 PM ET

"President Jammeh bags 4 awards," trumpeted a September 17 headline of the Daily Observer, a pro-government newspaper in the Gambia, a West African nation whose idyllic façade as "the smiling coast of Africa" is maintained in part by President Yahyah Jammeh's brutal repression of the independent press. ...

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On Gambia’s Freedom Day, CPJ joins call for human rights

July 23, 2010 2:24 PM ET

Thursday was Freedom Day in the Gambia, an annual holiday unique to the West African nation marking President Yahyah Jammeh’s seizure of power in a 1994 coup. As the president used the occasion to declare a crusade against drugs and corruption, his rhetoric was undercut by the repression of the independent press under his...

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Gambia's 'Smiling Coast' hides local media's grimace

May 24, 2010 12:36 PM ET

Who would not like to enjoy luxurious beach resorts and quaint fishing villages on the “Smiling Coast of Africa”? This is the pitch that the Gambian government made to participants of an international tourism conference last week. In fact, behind the idyllic facade of a tropical paradise wedged on...

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Durbin, Senate colleagues press for Manneh’s release

March 19, 2010 10:15 AM ET

For more than two years, U.S. Sen. Richard J. Durbin and a group of Senate colleagues have been pressing for the release of Gambian journalist “Chief” Ebrima Manneh, left. In July 2006, security agents arrested Manneh at his workplace at the Daily Observer and have since held him incommunicado...

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