Gambia Press Union’s (GPU) Secretary General Tuesday called on individuals who believes in and has consent to protect democracy to stand-up and not to allow the case filed before a lower court by Gambia’s former Agriculture minister Omar Jallow against the online newspaper Kerr Fatou case to proceed.
Saikou Jammeh said the case has put government’s accountability and transparency among others at stake.
“If Kerr Fatou losses the case, it is not the media organizations but freedom of expression that is at stake,” he said.
Mr. Jallow sued Kerr Fatou following a report it published that he connived for ‘financial reasons’ and sold obsolete fertilizer in The Gambia and Senegal.
He denied the allegations and sued the paper for libel. He is seeking 20 million dalasi for damages caused.
The case was scheduled for Tuesday but could not proceed as one of the witnesses Alhagie Yerro Jallow was reported to have not been served because he is out of the of the country.
His lawyer Badou Conteh shortly after the Tuesday adjournment said people have been misquoted by the media several times but his believe is that it should be settled once the misrepresentation is rectified.
“I don’t go by the media, I go by my client. I have been instructed by my client. I am a legal practitioner and i comport myself within the confines of my profession,” lawyer Conteh said.
But he said he also believes that people who believe that the media fraternity had wronged them, there are other measures the media can do that would prevent matter becoming worse.