The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly condemned the attack on journalist, Kebba Jeffang of the Foroyaa newspaper by party militants of the United Democratic Party (UDP), the Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) and the National Reconciliation Party (NRP), during a press conference at the UDP Manjai Bureau on Sunday, 5 March, 2017.
According to the Gambia Press Union (GPU), an IFJ affiliate, the attack on Kebba Jeffang “is both regrettable and unfortunate and should not have happened. The attack, perpetuated by parties who form part of the government that promised a new dawn of freedom for the press corps in the Gambia, is a violation of constitutional provisions that guarantee the freedom and independence of the media”.
IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said that the attack on journalists Kebba Jeffang by party militants of the new government is unacceptable and signals a dangerous trend that must be nipped in the bud. “The media in The Gambia and journalists in particular must be allowed to perform their duties without any form of intimidation or repression in order to strengthen the democratic gains that had been newly registered since the fall of the previous regime”.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls on the new government of the Gambia, to do everything possible to guarantee the safety and security of journalists and to create environment necessary for the media to flourish. The Barrow Government must not leave any stone unturned in identifying the perpetrators of this reckless act and must ensure that they are brought to justice.