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Detained Gambian Journalists Bailed

Musa and Marena(JollofNews) – A magistrates’ court in the Gambia this afternoon granted bail to two journalists who were held since Monday.
 
Musa Sheriff, a Liberian citizen and editor of the thrice-weekly independent newspaper The Voice, and Sainey Marenah, a freelance journalist, were charged under the amended criminal code with conspiracy to commit felony and publishing of false news.
 
They pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail by the Banjul Magistrate's Court.Musa and MarenaMarena and Sheriff. Photo credit/ The Point
 
The journalists were arrested in connection with a story which discussed a claim by the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) that 19 youth supporters of President Yahya Jammeh, known as "Green Youths," had defected from the ruling political party and joined the UDP.

The ruling party dismissed the claim as baseless.
 
Sheriff and Marenah are due back in court at a later date.
Written by PK Jarju

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0 #6 2014-01-22 12:29
The modus operandi seems to be very similar to the 'disappearance' of Daba Marenah... It is high time for the international Criminal Court (ICC) to rescue Gambians from Jammeh's dictatorship.
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0 #5 2014-01-21 21:14
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@BABU

Family members should come out and speak their. The two guys were standing trial. I would like to know if they have been found guilty by the court.
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+1 #4 2014-01-20 16:28
Quoting BABU:
BREAKING NEWS:
ALHAGIE JOBE AND CO. ON THE RUN


Daily Observer's editor Alhagie Jobe and his co-accused Mbye Bittaye, who are standing trial, are on the run after escaping from the back of a security van.


Escape at the back of a prison van; oh dear. We probably need them to represent Gambia at the schoki Olympics in Russia.

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0 #3 2014-01-20 13:23
BREAKING NEWS:
ALHAGIE JOBE AND CO. ON THE RUN


Daily Observer's editor Alhagie Jobe and his co-accused Mbye Bittaye, who are standing trial, are on the run after escaping from the back of a security van.
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0 #2 2014-01-20 09:25
This charge sheet simply sums up the state of (hidden) fear within the APRC hierarchy,espec ially the very top,at the prospect of losing power...News of defections to the UDP or any other party is sure to cause fear and alarm within their ranks,so they will use state power to suppress the report of such defections,as it might encourage others,who are dissatisfied with the situation in the country,to also quit..

But the inevitable is bound to happen...It simply cannot carry on when even government is rejecting the Dalasi due to it's depreciated value....I laughed my head off yesterday when my wife told me that a life chicken costs D250 upwards....Incredible...So if you are paid D1200,you can't even buy 5 chicken with a monthly...One used to cost between D25-30 not long ago..

This regime has ruined the economy completely,no matter what good reports IMF produces..
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+3 #1 2014-01-17 18:55
According to the charge sheet quoted by the point, they are not accused of publishing false information but that the story they carried was likely to create fear in the public. And I was like what!! If parading UDP supporters on tv is not fearful enough for the public, why would reporting APRC defection cause fear in anybody's mind other than those already afraid of loosing power??

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