Category : Gambia
Gambians campaign for press freedom at UN
The campaign for media freedom in the Gambia lobbied the United Nations to push the global body to take measures to address media freedom in the West African state.
Gambia: Government suspected of blocking Viber
The increasingly authoritarian regime of Gambia is suspected of blocking the popular social media app Viber following weeks of speculation on the government's intentions. The government said it has not been banned and blames service providers for the outage. Buya Jammeh reports
Gloomy days for Gambian journalists
Barely three weeks after Gambia's president Yahya Jammeh announced the lifting of the ban on two private media institutions -- the Standard Newspaper and Terranga FM -- the government arrested two journalists, Buya Jammeh reports
Four places where social media could land you in jail
Facebook has nearly 1.2 billion monthly active users –that’s nearly 20% of the total global population. Yet, in some countries harsh sanctions and time in jail can be imposed on those who comment on social media, in the majority of cases for speaking out against their government.
Gambia: Newspaper website blocked
Editors of the US-based newspaper Gambia Echo have seen access to their website from within Gambia blocked by the country’s government. In a letter sent to the US State Department on June 4, the imprint’s editor-in-chief claims the move is part of a trend under President Yahya Jammeh towards restricting press freedom. Gambia Echo’s website, […]
Gambian political figure jailed for ‘unlawful assembly’
A prominent member of Gambia’s main opposition party has been sentenced to a year of hard labour on charges of “unlawful assembly”. The Media Foundation for West Africa suggested that the imprisonment of Femi Peters, campaign manager for the United Democratic Party, was an attempt by the government to weaken the opposition ahead of next […]
Gambian journalists censored after arrests
Two journalists have been arrested by military officials in The Gambia while on an editorial assignment at a tourist site. Media Foundation for West Africa revealed that Sanna Camara and Saikou Jammeh of the Banjul-based Daily News were detained by the Tourism Security Unit last week. Authorities questioned them for two hours for taking photographs […]