GPU Welcomes Dropping Of Charges Against Journalists
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 22:06(News Release) – The executive board of the Gambia Press Union welcomes the dropping of criminal charges against journalists Abubacarr Saidykhan and Babucarr Ceesay who were arrested and detained by the Police after they applied for a permit to hold a procession.
Abubcarr Saidykhan and Babucarr Ceesay were on 6th September arrested and released on bail on 10th September after they were charged with incitement of violence and conspiracy to commit felony. Babucarr Ceesay was later charged with sedition.
The duo informed the Gambia Press Union that they were on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at the State Law Complex in Banjul, told by the Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Lamin Jobarteh, that Gambian leader has ordered that the charges against them be dropped by the State.
While acknowledging this positive move by the Gambian authorities, we wish to seize this opportunity to call on the Gambia Government to also consider reversing its decision and allow the publishers of the Standard and Daily News newspapers to resume publication.
We also implore the authorities in Banjul to also allow Teranga FM to resume broadcasting.
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