Gambia: Two Journalists Released

24 April 2006 at 06:01 | 1351 views

Reporters Without Borders

Press release

18 April 2006


Authorities free The Independent’s general manager and editor, but hold on to reporter

The Independent’s general manager, Madi Ceesay, and its editor, Musa Saidykhan, were released this afternoon on bail after being illegally detained for more than three weeks. They will have to report to the police every day. Meanwhile, Lamin M. Fatty, a reporter for the privately-owned biweekly who was arrested on 12 April, is still being held.

Reporters Without Borders reiterated its call for the immediate release of Fatty, who is being held without charge and without access to a lawyer or to his family well beyond the maximum period of 72 hours permitted by Gambian law.

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