IFJ Calls on US to Investigate Gambian Claim over Missing Journalist’s Presence in America


The international Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

today in an open letter  to US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, requested her

personal intervention in investigating allegations over the presence of missing

Gambian journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh in the US.


“We write to request that Mrs. Clinton investigate the

allegations by the Gambia Government that journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh is

alive and lives in the US,” said Gabriel Baglo, Director IFJ Africa Office.


Chief Ebrima Manneh, a former reporter of the

pro-government  Daily Observer has been missing since 6 July 2006, following his arrest by plain clothes

police officers of the Gambia National Intelligence Agency at the newspaper’s premises in the presence of his

colleagues. He was sighted several times in the custody of state security



The Inspector General of Police of the Gambia, Mr.

Yankuba Sonko, publicly disclosed on 22 May 2012 that his organisation had

received information from Interpol that Chief Ebrima Manneh was in the United

States of America.


This information was widely carried by the media but

has not been confirmed or denied neither by the US nor any independent source.


“Considering its leading role in the world with regard

to respect for  the freedom of the press  and democracy, we urge US

to give this request due consideration with a view to bringing  to an end

a long wait for the journalist’s family and friends,” Baglo added.


For more information contact

the IFJ: 221 33 867 95 86/87

The IFJ represents more than

600.000 journalists in 134 countries