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(Feb 05, 2013) On January 18, 2013, three senior administrators at
In an earlier move related to corruption charges at the newspaper, Pa Malick Faye, the former managing director now in self-imposed exile and listed as "wanted" by the NIA, was fired by Jammeh on January 3. The suspicion has been raised, however, that Faye was fired because of a caption in an article that appeared in the paper on January 2. That caption read, "[t]he Execution was hypocritically blown out of proportion." It was paired with Jammeh's message for the New Year, in which he spoke in favor of the August 2012 execution of nine inmates from
The Media Foundation for West Africa, located in
President Yayha [sic] Jammeh continues to brutalize and order actions against staff of the paper each time a publication criticizes him as was the case of Chief Ebrimah Manneh, reporter with the Daily Observer, who was arrested in July 2006 by officials of the NIA. Manneh's whereabouts remain unknown and Jammeh's government continues to deny custody of him. (
Gambia's press laws, including the Information and Communications Act 2009, have come under criticism for years from human rights groups for, among other problems, a lack of independence of licensing authorities. (Article 19, Gambia: Analysis of Selected Media Laws – Overview, ALLAFRICA (May 2, 2012) [Article 19 is an international freedom of expression advocacy group]; Gambia: Information and Communications Act 2009, World Intellectual Property Organization website (last visited July 2, 2012).) The organization Reporters Without Borders lists
|Author:||Constance Johnson More by this author|
|Topic:||Freedom of the press More on this topic|
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