CJA urges Secretary-General Sharma to get tough with Gambia’s Presidentwill April 23, 2012 0 COMMENTS
The Commonwealth Journalists Association wishes Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma success on his forthcoming visit to The Gambia and urges him to send a forceful message to President Yahya Jammeh regarding the deteriorating conditions for a proper functioning news media in his country.
Our colleagues in the Commonwealth Journalists Association report that media in The Gambia remains under sustained pressure through prosecutions for sedition and criminal libel, government closure of news agencies, intimidation and physical attacks on journalists.
We support the urgent call for legal and institutional reform that will bring The Gambia’s media laws in line with international standards and indeed with human rights agreements that the government has signed.
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