|Journalist Ceesay and Saidykhan|
Baboucarr Ceesay, first vice president of the Gambian Press Union (GPU) and Abubacarr Saidykhan, a freelance journalist have been charged with “conspiracy to commit felony, seditious publication and inciting violence.”
The charges followed their arrest and detention on September 6, 2012 for seeking police permit to peacefully demonstrate against the execution of nine death row inmates on the orders of Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh.
-Drop the charges preferred against the two journalists;
-Acknowledge that, by applying for a police permit to peacefully demonstrate, the journalists acted in the confines of the law;
-Respect the Constitution of The Gambia, specifically, Section 25 (1d) which guarantees the right to peaceful demonstration; “freedom to assemble and demonstrate peaceably and without arms”
-Act in accordance with all international human rights laws and treaties that the Gambia has ratified.