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Thursday, 16 January 2014 15:02(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.
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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