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Musa Saidykhan

Musa Saidykhan was editor of the now-banned Gambian newspaper The Independent. He left the Gambia under threat and resettled in the United States.

Blog   |   Gambia

Only the Gambian president has press freedom


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 behind so-called press freedom and violate the law and get away with it. They got it wrong this time. We are going to prosecute them to the letter," Jammeh said. 

July 31, 2009 4:32 PM ET


Blog   |   Gambia

My incomplete mission: From the Gambia to the States

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.  

June 19, 2009 5:18 PM ET


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