IFJ Calls for the Immediate Release of Detained Journalist in Gambia


The International Federation of Journalists

(IFJ) today called for the immediate release of Lamin Njie, editor of the DailyNews newspaper and the Assistant Secretary General of the Gambia

Press Union, (GPU).


Lamin Njie has been detained at the state central

prisons at Mile Two, last Friday, 22

June, in relation to a story he had published concerning the bail application

of three officials of the Gambia Revenue Authority.


“We bemoan the highhandedness of the Judge’s

decision in this matter,” said Gabriel

Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa Office. “The treatment

meted out to our colleague is too harsh and unacceptable, most especially when

a corrigendum was issued in the paper’s subsequent edition”.


According to a statement by the GPU, an IFJ

Affiliate, on Monday, 18 June, 2012 Lamin Njie wrote a story stating that the High

Court denied the bail application of three officials of the Gambia Revenue Authority,

who are standing trial on tax related charges. However, the bail application

was not denied as reported by Lamin, as the Judge was yet to rule on it.


On Tuesday, 19 June 2012, the Daily Newspaper

had issued a corrigendum and apologised for the mistake. Despite the correction

and apology, the court issued a summons for Lamin Njie to appear before it and

to explain why he should not be convicted for contempt of court. He was

eventually remanded in prison despite the appeals made to the Judge by the GPU

Lawyer and other members of the GPU executive.


The IFJ calls for the immediate release of Lamin

Njie and call on the judicial authorities to tamper justice with mercy in

regard to such a trivial issue most especially after a corrigendum and apology

had been issued by the paper. The IFJ also calls on the Government of The

Gambia to create a more conducive environment for the media to flourish.


For more information

contact the IFJ: 221 33 867 95 86/87

The IFJ represents more than 600.000

journalists in 134 countries