By Sanna camara
At its celebrations marking Wolrd Press Freedom Day 2014symposium held at TANGO, home of Gambian NGOs, the Gambia Press Union (GPU) has renewed calls on the government of The Gambia to respect the ECOWAS court’s verdict o various cases dealing with Gambian journalists.
First Vice resident of the Union, Baboucarr Ceesay called on government “to produce and compensate Chief Ebrima Manneh who was arrested at his work place, Daily Observer, since July 7, 2006 and since then his whereabouts remained unknown to the public, his family and colleagues.”
He said this should be done in tandem with ECOWAS court ruling on the said case over two years ago. “The same court recommended for the compensation of Musa Saidykhan former editor at the arbitrarily-closed The Independent newspaper who was arrested, detained and tortured in detention.”
Gambia Press Union also calls on the government to bring to justice the killers of Deyda Hydara who was shot on 16 December 2004 and Omar Barrow who was shot on April 10, 2000 during a student demonstration.
“We also called on the Gambian authorities to re-open The Daily News which has been forced out of the newsstands for more than one year without any court order, Ceesay said, extending the same call to “review and repeal all draconian media laws to be in line with international standards.”
He went on: “We need a media environment free from intimidation, arbitrary arrests, detention without trial, disappearance, torture, killings and all forms human rights violations designed to gag the media in The Gambia.”