Abubacarr Saidykhan, an Independent Freelance Journalist and a Human Right Activist and a member of the Gambia Press Union and his colleague Baboucarr Ceesay, the First Vice President of the Gambia Press Union and correspondent for Africa Review were both arrested on the 6th of September 2012. Their arrest followed the filing an application sent to the Inspector General of Police to ask for a legal permit to hold a peaceful demonstration against the recent execution of the nine death row inmates.
There were no reasons advanced as to the dropping of the charges against the two Journalists by the Minister of Justice and the Legal Secretary. “Both of you must understand that this Country belongs to all of us and we must uphold the peace and security of this country. I cannot just understand why you prefer to demonstrate peacefully after knowing the repercussions of a peaceful demonstration". The minister said
The issue of the prerogative order, by which one can file at the High Court for the Court to order the National Assembly Members to act on the use of the Motion of "Mandamus" was was taken up with the minister. He argued as to the "Locus Standi" or a legal authority that the two journalists have to file that Motion at the High Court.