IFJ Calls The Gambia to Release Two Journalists Arrested

The

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on the authorities

in The Gambia to release two journalists arrested on Friday.

 

“We condemn

these arrests and call on authorities to release the two journalists to

continue their work in favor of freedom of expression. In a context of recent

executions of nine death row inmates in The Gambia ordered by President Yaya

Jammeh these arrests show that the Gambia is determined to kill all freedoms.

The international community must press the Gambian authorities in a continuous

action in favor of human rights,” said Gabriel Baglo, Director IFJ Africa

Office.

 

According to

Gambian Press Union (GPU) an IFJ affiliate, Babucar Ceesay, Vice President of

the Union and journalist with Daily News newspaper and Abubacarr Saidykhan,

freelance journalist have been arrested by police on Friday 7 September 2012.

 

GPU said it did

not know the reasons of their arrests.  The

two journalists are being detained at the Police Headquarters in the country’s

capital. Police denied them visits from relatives and colleagues.

 

 Independent sources said their arrests are

linked to a letter addressed to authorities seeking an authorization to

organize a peaceful rally to protest against the recent executions of death

rows in the Gambia.  

 

 The Gambia under the administration of

President Yaya Jammeh has been cited as the worst predator of press freedom in West

Africa. No independent investigations were done into the assassination in 2004 of

prominent journalist and Editor Deyda Hydara and the disappearance in 2006 of the

journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh.

 

“We call on our

partners to mobilize to campaign for the release and the safety of the journalists

in The Gambia,”added Baglo.

 

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