Gambia's Daily Observer newspaper closed for two weeks
June 23, 2017 4:44 PM ET
Police and officials from the Gambia Revenue Agency (GRA) on June 14, 2017, shut down the Daily Observer newspaper and forced all staff from the publication to leave the office, saying the publication owed 17 million dalasi (U.S.$371,415) in unpaid taxes, Daily Observer Managing Director Pa Modou Mbowe told...
Gambia issues arrest warrants for suspects in Deyda Hydara murder
May 18, 2017 6:36 PM ET
New York, May 17, 2017--A magistrate's court in Banjul today issued arrest warrants for two people suspected of murdering Gambian editor Deyda Hydara in 2004, according to media reports. The two suspects are not in the country, according to reports....
Seven journalists denied entry to Gambia ahead of contested inauguration
January 18, 2017 6:50 PM ET
Lagos, Nigeria, January 18, 2017--Seven international journalists planning to report on the inauguration of Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow tomorrow were denied entry to the country on January 16, according to reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists denounced the obstruction as a deliberate attempt to silence the press during a...
Gambia orders three radio stations to cease broadcasting
January 5, 2017 2:44 PM ET
Lagos, Nigeria, January 5, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Gambian authorities to allow three independent radio stations to resume full broadcasting. Taranga FM, Hilltop Radio, and Afri Radio stopped broadcasting on January 1 on the orders of national security agents, who did not give any explanation for...
Gambian journalist sentenced to two years in prison
November 23, 2016 2:06 PM ET
A Gambian court on November 8, 2016, convicted Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay, an exiled radio journalist and manager of community station Taranga FM, of three counts of sedition and spreading false news, according to media reports. The court, convicting the journalist in absentia, sentenced Ceesay to two years in prison and...
Gambian journalist, broadcast executive held without charge
November 18, 2016 5:32 PM ET
Abuja, Nigeria, November 18, 2016--Gambian authorities should immediately release a journalist and the head of the state-owned broadcaster who have been held without charge or access to their families or lawyers for a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The arrests came in the run-up to presidential elections...
CPJ calls on the Gambia to free journalist, drop charges against him
August 11, 2015 11:34 AM ET
Dear President Jammeh: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent international press freedom organization, is writing to express its concern about a Gambian journalist who has been held by the National Intelligence Agency since July 17.
Gambian journalist abducted again, days after he was freed
July 21, 2015 4:59 PM ET
New York, July 21, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists holds Gambian authorities responsible for the safety and well-being of radio journalist Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay. Ceesay was seen being forced into a car in Banjul, the capital, on July 17, four days after he was held for almost two weeks by...
Gambia should disclose whereabouts of radio journalist
July 9, 2015 2:01 PM ET
Abuja, Nigeria, July 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Gambian authorities to disclose the whereabouts, health, and legal status of Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay, a radio journalist who was last seen on July 2 with individuals reported to be Gambian state security agents. "Gambian security agents have long...