Fresh elections loom over Supreme Islamic Council

Imam Touray may not seek re-electionBy Sanna CamaraReports reaching Gambia Beat have revealed that preparations are in high gear to launch the bid for the top job of the Supreme Islamic Council, five years after Banding Drammeh stepped-down as head of the country’s religious body.The incumbent President, Imam Momodou Lamin Toury has been elected under…… Continue reading Fresh elections loom over Supreme Islamic Council

Gambia: Detained Islamic cleric released

By Sanna CamaraThe Gambia’s vocal religious cleric and leading critic of the President Jammeh’s government has been released today after being detained for over five months.Imam baba Leigh appeared on national television this evening along with other Islamic clerics such as Imam Abdoulie Fatty of the State House mosque,  the imam Rathib of Banjul, among…… Continue reading Gambia: Detained Islamic cleric released

Freedom ‘on the decline’ in The Gambia’

        Freedom House ranks country ‘Not Free”By Sanna CamaraThe gambia has been listed among ‘five of the 10 countries’ that registered the most significant declines in the Freedom in the World 2012 report, with its rating going down by minus 24 points. The report covered over two-year period since 2010. According to its…… Continue reading Freedom ‘on the decline’ in The Gambia’

Gambian civil society takes stand on free press, free speech

‘No one has the right to take away free expression from anyone’By Sanna CamaraA Gambian civil society activist has said that freedom of expression is an inherent human right that no one can confer on anyone, or no one has the right to take away from anyone.According to Madi Jobarteh, of all the rights that…… Continue reading Gambian civil society takes stand on free press, free speech

Gambia’s Information Minister picks issues with media

Accuses media of under reporting government achievementsBy Sanna CamaraThe government of the Gambia has been registering achievements in meeting development needs and target of the populace, yet much of these have gone unreported in the media, says Gambian Minister of Information Nana Grey-Johnson.In addressing journalists at a policy dialogue forum held at TANGO headquarters yesterday…… Continue reading Gambia’s Information Minister picks issues with media

GPU urges NIA to stop arrest of journalists

Calls on the Government to uphold its constitutional obligationBy Sanna CamaraIn its statement observing the World Press freedom day 013, the Gambia Press Union has called on the state intelligence agency o stop the arrest and detention of journalists in the country.The GPU said given the high rate of arrests and detention of journalists in…… Continue reading GPU urges NIA to stop arrest of journalists

Gov’t urged to re-open Teranga FM, Standard, and Daily News

‘Free speech, free media are fundamental, non-negotiable’By Sanna CamaraIn commemorating the World Press Freedom Day, The Gambia Press Union and its civil society partners have called on government to reconsider the closure of Teranga FM, Standard newspaper, and The Daily News.“We are making our appeal because the GPU is of the firm belief that the…… Continue reading Gov’t urged to re-open Teranga FM, Standard, and Daily News