Gambia: Scottish “sedition” prisoner released

A Scottish missionary, who was jailed in 2008 for criticising the Gambian president, has been released. David Fulton was charged with sedition after emails he sent to friends in the UK were deemed offensive to President Yahya Jammeh. The 61-year-old and his wife spent 20 months in the notorious Mile 2 prison, facing hard labour and solitary confinement. The couple were also fined £6250 each.

UN calls for release of Gambian journalist

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called on the Gambian government to release journalist Chief Ebrimah Manneh, citing his arrest and detention as being without legal justification and in breach of international law. Manneh was a young journalist with The Daily Observer newspaper when he was arrested in Banjul on 11 July 2006 by Gambia’s notorious National Intelligence Agency (NIA). The NIA failed to provide a reason for Manneh’s arrest and he has since been held incommunicado. (IFEX/MFWA)

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Newspaper editor arrested in the Gambia

A story that reported the firing of two government official has caused the editor of a private newspaper to be held in detention since Wednesday. The story has been withdrawn but the editor, Abdulhamid Adiamoh of the Today newspaper could face up to six months in jail. Read more here

A blip on the radar

On the anniversary of the murder of independent journalist Deyda Hydara (right), Dawn Starin says the media must turn its attention to The Gambia, where free expression is increasingly under threat