Third journalist with The Independent arrested

first_img GambiaAfrica News Follow the news on Gambia January 27, 2020 Find out more A third journalist with the privately-owned biweekly The Independent, Lamin M. Fatty, was arrested at his home today, two weeks after the Criminal Investigation Department closed down the newspaper on 28 March and arrested its managing director, Madi Ceesay, and editor, Musa Saydikhan, who are still being held at the headquarters of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).“The list of detained journalists is getting longer,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Gambian government does what it likes, without any pretense of legality. How far will it be able to go before it has to face a real protest from the member states of the African Union, whose next summit Gambia is supposed to host?”The press freedom organisation added: “In cases such as this, press solidarity is decisive and we therefore call on the African media to make President Yahya Jammeh see that what is going on in Banjul is causing concern abroad.”It was Fatty’s byline that appeared on an article headlined “23 coup plotters arrested” that appeared in The Independent’s 24 March issue. A Gambian source who asked not to be identified had told Reporters Without Borders on 4 April that Ceesay and Saidykhan were arrested because of this article, which named 23 people who had supposedly been arrested for their alleged participation in an abortive coup on 21 March.Those named in the report included Samba Bah, a former interior minister and former head of the NIA, whose angry denial of the report’s accuracy was published in the 27 March issue under the headline, “I have not been arrested,” together with the newspaper’s apology. The NIA is thought to have been trying to get Ceesay and Saidykhan to reveal who told them Bah was arrested as a member of the 21 March conspiracy.Ceesay is also president of the Gambia Press Union, the country’s leading journalists’ union. GambiaAfrica April 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Third journalist with The Independent arrested Organisation News News to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information August 6, 2020 Find out more News Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia RSF_en Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom Receive email alerts July 23, 2019 Find out more Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murderlast_img read more