Women's Bantabaa aspiration is always to tell a story that has never been told and bring a story to public that are always waving the flag of freedom yet standby silently with the concerning situation of the people, their narratives, their perspectives, their understanding of the world around them, without feeling that they are constantly defending their religious and cultural identity.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Gambia Government called on to investigate Deyda Hydara's murder
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Nine years on
since journalist Deydara was killed, the Gambia Press Union (GPU), has calledl
on the Gambia government to do justice in the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara
killed in the line of duty.
Hydara, was the managing editor and
co-proprietor of The Point newspaper, who was murdered on 16th December 2004. on his paper’s anniversary day. Gambian authorities
has never brought the assassins to book
‘We call on the
Gambia government to properly investigate and brought out assassins of Deyda
Hydara,” Jibairu Janneh, executive director of the union said. “Our position
still stands the same.”
Janneh was speaking on world press
freedom day, a day used to remember colleagues who have been victimize for just
speaking out the truth.
Press Freedom Day is observed annually on 3 May to remind countries and people
all around the world, that freedom of the press and freedom of speech and
expression are fundamentalhuman rights.
This day is often held to remember
many journalists who have died or faced jail in order to bring news to the
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has also been called to do justice in the disappearance of Ebrima ‘chief
’Manneh, who went missing since 2007. Alarmingly, Gambian authorities cannot
account for Manneh's whereabouts, and over the years have given evasive and
inconsistent responses to regional and international inquiries.
year’s theme for this day, as declared by the UN, is “Media Freedom for a
Better Future: Shaping the post-2015 Development Agenda”.
different styles in other parts of the world, The Gambia celebrates it at the Tango
office in a form of symposium with panelists who made presentations in
Beyond supporting Gambian journalists with training,
the Gambia government should create an open political space that allows news
media to report on issues of public interest says UNESCO NATCOM’s Matar Jobe.
Jobe said “It serves as reminder to government for
their commitment towards media freedom
He believe Vibrant, independent media that hold
government leaders to account are a valuable ally in the pursuit of development
and good governance.
journalists are at liberty to monitor, investigate and criticize policies and
actions can good governance exist” he said.
Free media contribute to good
governance says Sam Sarr, Editor of the Foroyaa Newspaper. Sarr was presenting
a paper on ‘free media contribute to good governance, empowerment and
of expression ensures transparency and accountability,” he said. “The media
serves as medium for the voiceless for change and development.”
He said African leaders often
promise to protect its citizen but its People have no say in the way they are
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Ousman Yarbo, executive director of Tango believe this year’s
theme is key in any development adding what would it look like without a media.
"Journalism provides a platform
for informed discussion across a wide range of development issues-From
environmental challenges and scientific progress to gender equality, youth
engagement and peacebuilding,” Yarbo.Noted.
“We need a free media without
intimidation,” says Baboucarr Ceesay-Vice president of The Gambia Press union,
who gave a solidarity statement.
Ceesay also called on the government to
produce chief Manneh, compensate Musa Saidykhan, and Omar Barrow who was shot
in 2000 during a peaceful demonstration.