"The Gambian government must guarantee the safety of Abubacarr Saidykhan," said CPJ Africa Advocacy Coordinator Mohamed Keita from New York. "The impunity afforded to the killers of Deyda Hydara has emboldened the enemies of the press in the Gambia."
Local journalist told CPJ the threats should not be taken lightly, referring to the case of eminent editor Deyda Hydara, who was killed in December 2004 after reporting death threats. No one has ever been prosecuted for his murder.”
“Local journalists said the threats could be linked to coverage of opposition to President Yahya Jammeh's decision to execute death row inmates, about which Saidykhan has written a series of articles”
Tuesday's threat came three weeks after Saidykhan and Baboucarr Ceesay, a regular contributor toAfrica Review and the authorof a story about opposition to the executions, received an anonymous death threat via email on October 25 that they forwarded to CPJ.