The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is calling for the release of seven Gambian journalists arrested for reacting to President Yahya Jammeh’s dismissal of an investigation involving the 2004 murder of journalist Deyda Hydara.
The seven detainees include three members of the Gambian Press Union, two reporters from The Point newspaper and two journalists from Foroyaa newspaper. They were detained on Monday after reprinting a press release that criticized President Jammeh for dismissing an investigation into the unsolved murder of journalist Deyda Hydara.
Tom Rhodes is the Africa Program Coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists. He expressed concern that the journalists have still not been released. Read More…
The Central Bank of The Gambia has predicted that Gambia will grow by more than 6.5 percent during the year of 2008. According to the report that announced the findings, this level of growth is due to a “strong rebound in agricultural output and the continued growth in the services and construction sectors.”
The report also said that the rate of inflation for the first half of 2008 is lower than the rate for the first half of 2008. “Money supply grew by 8.5 percent in the year to end-June 2008 compared to 12.9 percent a year earlier.”
Ayoub John Njie, a magistrate in Brikima, Gambia, has said that he will acquit all people detained for 72 hours without charge, due to the fact that he believes detention for more than three days is unconstitutional.
Section 19 (1) of the Gambian constitution says that “no one shall be subject to arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his or her liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with such procedures as established by law.” Njie stated that he believes that detention for over 72 is depriving someone of their liberty without sending the person through the “procedures as established by law.”
Njie, who works at Brikama Magistrates Court, said that “I stand for justice and I also stand to assist the government for justice to prevail.
The incident started when Dida Halake, former managing director of the Daily Observer was acquitted on these grounds, and these statement by the judge were made in the case of Amadou Kah, who is accused of stealing goats.