FAJ Urges Gambian Government to End Silence over Whereabouts of Missing Journalist

The leadership of the

Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), the African group of the International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ), today met Gambian Justice Minister Edward

Gomez to demand that his government break its silence over the whereabouts of

journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh who disappeared in 2006.

The FAJ President Omar

Faruk Osman and his Vice President Foster Dongozi challenged the minister, who

is also the government's Attorney General, to reveal where the missing

journalist is following the minister's recent declaration that Chief Manneh is


Minister Gomez claimed that

his government is a victim of a smear campaign designed to ‘tarnish its image'.

He accused Manneh of "stage-managing his disappearance for mischievous

reasons." He alleged that Chief Manneh left the country and the government has

evidence from Interpol that the journalist went to the US but he did not specify

the destination city.

"We challenged the minister

to provide the evidence from Interpol and he promised to make it available to

us during this session," said Omar Faruk Osman, FAJ President. "Until we

receive and verify the alleged Interpol report, we shall maintain our demand to

the Gambian government for the release of Chief Manneh."

The meeting took place in

Banjul on the sidelines of the ongoing NGO Forum, which is preceding the 50th

Ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights


Members of African human

rights community attended the meeting between minister Gomez and the leaders of

FAJ and witnessed the exchanges during their discussions.


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