Sunday, November 25, 2012

‘The Gambian government must guarantee the safety of Journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan’


The Committee to Protect Journalists has said the government of the Gambia must guarantee the security of Abubacarr Saidykhan, a freelance journalist.


L-R: Dr. Isatou Touray and Amie Bojang-Sissoho

We give thanks and appreciation to Almighty Allah Subhanahu watalla, our families, friends, partners and well wishers for being with us all through this tribulation that Allah has bestowed upon us. We give glory to the highest, the king of Kings, Giver and Reckoner of who does what. The Lord Almighty has redeemed us from all darkness and brought the light to the public that we are not guilty of the false allegation.

We were requested by the National Drug Enforcement Agency/National Intelligence Agency to report to the Police Headquarters in Banjul. After a long wait without any explanation, we were led into a cage at the police station where we spent the night on a mattress infested with lice and bugs.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Dr Touray, Amie Bojang-Sissoho Freed

Banjul Magistrate has found two prominent women’s rights defenders not guilty of stealing €30, 000.00 as alleged by the state.
Dr. Isatou Touray, Executive Director and Amie Bojang   Sissoho, Programme coordinator, of The Gambia committee for Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP) have been on trial for almost two years.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Court to Issue Verdict in Two Prominent Women’s Rights Defenders Tomorrow

Dr Touray on the right hand and Amie on the left
The Banjul Magistrates’ Court will issue a verdict in the alleged theft case of two prominent women’s rights defenders tomorrow, November 12.

 Dr. Isatou Touray, Executive Director and Amie Bojang   Sissoho, Programme coordinator, of The Gambia committee for Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP) are on trial on a charge of theft.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Suspected killer of journalist arrested by Police

Ebrahim Foday
Tunde Williams, a suspected murderer of Ibrahim Foday, a reporter of privately-owned Freetown-based Exclusive newspaper, was on November 3, 2012 arrested at Kamakwei, a town north of the country by officials of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Sierra Leonean Police Service.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Gambia Press Union boycotts a forum meant to discuss way forward for the media Members say nothing warrants such a decision

Emil Touray, GPU President
(Gambia News Online)
The leadership of the Gambia Press Union (GPU) has decided to boycott stakeholders’ forum in which it’s invited as a “main stakeholder” to discuss the preliminary report that gives an overview of the findings on the situation of the journalists and media in The Gambia.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Guinea-Bissau expels Portuguese journalist; another flees into hiding

New York, November 1, 2012-The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Monday's decision by authorities in Guinea-Bissau to expel Portuguese journalist Fernando Teixeira Gomes from the country in connection with his critical coverage of the transitional government.

The Ministry of Communications sent a letter to Gomes, chief of the news bureau of Portugal's state broadcaster Radiotelevisão Portuguesa (RTP) in the Guinean capital, Bissau, ordering him to leave the country the same week, Agence France-Presse
reported. RTP Director of Information Nuno Santos said in an interview with Portuguese news agency LUSA that Gomes was leaving Guinea-Bissau and would arrive in Portugal on Friday.

Gambians Signing Up for the One Billion Rising Africa

GAMCOTRAP has mobilized individuals from Nineteen (19) organizations/ institutions working to promote the rights of women and children in the Gambia.  They were briefed on the initiative on the One Billion Rising pioneered by V-Day and the Africa Regional meeting held in Nairobi.  They were requested to reflect on any of the forms of violence against women just because she as a vagina, whether it is Female genital Mutilation, early and Forced Marriage, Rape and sexual abuse, denial of education, etc.  They signed up to the One Billion Rising because they want to rise up and say no to violence against women and girls. 

Gamcotrap Pleads on Behalf of Female Prisoners For Pardon

Dr. Isatou Touray
Gamcotrap, a Women’s right NGO that fight for the elimination of harmful practices against women and girls’ has urged president Jammeh to take note of the female prisoners who also deserve to be considered in his amnesty.

Below is the full letter address to the President.

The Central River Region North of the Gambia is Poised to Protect Girls from FGM

Dr. Touray and Amie Bojang-Sissaho

Under the support of the UNFPA Gambia Government Country Programme 2012, four hundred and fifty –seven (457) participants from one hundred and Seven (107) communities in the Central River Region North have benefitted from a series of training programmes.  The programme targeted Women Leaders, Women of Reproductive Age and male and female Youths hosted in nine Cluster Villages namely Janjanbureh, Nyoro Tukulorr, Njau Sey Kunda, Dobo, Kuntaur, Jahaur, Wassu, Banni and Kaur.