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13 July 2012 |

Newspaper correspondent arrested

Daily Observer correspondent Sidiq Asemota believes he was arrested in connection with a story about the sentencing of two Gambian nationals for white collar crimes.
22 June 2012 |

Police detain newspaper editor

Abdul Hamid Adiamoh, managing editor of the privately-owned Today newspaper, was detained by police over alleged contempt of court.
23 May 2012 |

Police chief says long-missing journalist is in the US

The inspector general of police reportedly said that Interpol confirmed to Gambian authorities that Ebrimah "Chief" Manneh, a journalist with the Daily Observer who has been missing since 2006, is actually in the United States.
19 January 2012 |

Former minister gets life imprisonment for demanding an end to the dictatorship

Amadou Scattered Janneh was convicted of treason and sentenced him to life imprisonment with hard labour while three others, Modou Keita, Ebrima Jallow, and Michael C. Ucheh Thomas, were handed three-year sentences by the court.
12 January 2012 |

Newspaper journalist charged with criminal defamation

Mamadou Jallow was charged after he alleged a local chief gave a government-sponsored ticket to the Hajj to his lover.
16 December 2011 |

Authorities fail to find editor's killers after seven years

Deyda Hydara was shot to death on the night of December 16 2004, along with two of his female staff. His family has now filed a lawsuit at the ECOWAS Community Court to compel the government to conduct a full investigation into the matter.
29 November 2011 |

On election day, president displays contempt for press freedom

President Yahya Jammeh rejected international criticism over the country's press freedom record and implied that journalists are only a very small percentage of the population that cannot be protected at the expense of others.
20 October 2011 |

Jailed lawyer pardoned

Moses Richards was serving a two-year prison sentence for sedition and another six months for "giving false information" to the office of President Jammeh.
28 September 2011 |

Lawyer jailed for defending his client

Moses Richards was sentenced to a total of two years and six months' imprisonment for a letter written on behalf of his client which mentioned the Office of the President.
22 August 2011 |

Radio ban on Islamic cleric lifted

President Yahya Jammeh, who is also the Minister of Religious Affairs, lifted the ban on Bakawsu Fofanah on June 7, 2011, according to a local newspaper.
18 August 2011 |

Authorities censor Taranga FM again

Ismaila Ceesay, managing director of the station, was summoned to the headquarters of the National Intelligence Agency and ordered to cease broadcasting of all press review programmes of privately-owned newspapers.
26 July 2011 |

Ex-press union boss, six others accused of treason and sedition

The charges against the seven stem from allegations that they printed and distributed T-shirts for the Gambian Coalition for Change, a pressure group that is calling for an end to the dictatorship.
7 July 2011 |

President urged to disclose knowledge of journalist's fate

In public remarks during a meeting with representatives of the Gambian media in March, President Yahya Jammeh suggested he had knowledge of missing journalist "Chief" Ebrima Manneh's fate.
30 June 2011 |

Islamic preacher held incommunicado for four days, released without charge

Alhaji Ismaila Manjang was subjected to a lengthy interrogation on a wide range of issues, including his recent address to students at a graduating ceremony.
24 June 2011 |

Missing former minister found, treason charges laid against him and three others

Amadou Scattered Janneh and three others have been charged with treason for allegedly distributing materials demanding an end to the rule of President Yahya Jammeh.
10 June 2011 |

Former minister missing following arrest by security agents

Amadou Janneh recently gave lectures on a wide range of issues in The Gambia, and had notably condemned the frequent disappearances in the country and the blocking of online news sites.
8 June 2011 |

Dismissed state TV journalist arrested, charged

Dodou Sanneh was illegally detained for three days at Banjul police headquarters and later arraigned and charged before the Banjul Magistrates' Court.
1 June 2011 |

Court exonerates sports presenter in criminal suit

Bakary B. Baldeh was exonerated on a criminal charge brought against him after he hosted two golf workers on his radio programme.
12 April 2011 |

Newspaper to resume publishing after five months of censorship

The privately-owned "Standard" newspaper, which was banned in 2010 by the authorities, has been given the green light to resume operations.
1 April 2011 |

Sports journalist in court after hosting aggrieved golf workers on his programme

Bakary Baldeh is facing a criminal trial over a sports programme that the authorities claim was meant to incite violence among Gambians.

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