Posts

Showing posts from May, 2024

Release | GPU Welcomes Swiss Court Judgement On Ousman Sonko

Image
        GPU Welcomes Sentencing of Ousman Sonko Over Torture of Journalists  (Banjul, 15 May, 2024) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) welcomes today’s verdict and sentencing of former Interior Minister Ousman Sonko in Switzerland to a 20-year prison term for crimes against humanity.  The Swiss Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona found Sonko guilty of multiple counts of “intentional homicide, torture and false imprisonment, as well as crimes against humanity”, on Wednesday.  Sonko, who earlier denied the charges, was sentenced to a 20-year jail term (minus approximately 7 years already served in custody). He will also be expelled from Switzerland. The Court found Ousman Sonko guilty of the killing of a perceived political opponent in 2000; of torture and illegal detention in connection with a coup plot in March 2006; of the killing of a politician in 2011 and of deprivations of liberty as well as acts of torture - including one killing - of peaceful demonstrators in 2016.  He has been ord

Editorial | Generation z is losing the ability to listen

Image
Editorial   The life mantra of yesteryear generation was/is the ability to listen to one another for the self-actualization of one's potential and progress. The existential threats facing the society today, is multifactorial; including organized crimes, drug abuse, teenage pregnancies, gender equality violence and the dis-oriented youths - for those watching further away has been a great concern. Many sociologists have tried efforts to set down theories underlying the problems, and the need for a more participative societal- problem solving, but all their efforts are still unanswered at the borders of inquiry. In recent times, we've seen the spike of organized crimes, and the scarcity of KUSH in the country. The causes of this drug is quite unabated, as it is killing and still destroying the minds of the youngsters. Some people posited that, the suitable way to combat organized crimes, there's a need to bring crime to the criminals.  The abiding impression of these youngste

Gov’t urged to bring back draft constitution

Image
Team Outpost  Following the announcement by President Adama Barrow at the beginning of this year to bring back the 2020 Draft constitution, the Coalition of Progressive Gambians, (COPG) have recently engaged the government through the Ministry of Justice to bring back the 2020 Draft Constitution in its original form. “This implies that the entrenched clauses provided in the constitution must not be amended or changed in anyway. It must be noted that these entrenched clauses provide for the realization of the independent function of the institutions that qualify good governance and those entrusted with the responsibilities of executing the functions of those institutions as defined by law. The institutions as the Independent Electoral Commission, The Auditor General's office, The National Human Rights Commission, The Anti-Corruption Commission, the Public Service Commission,the Inspector General of Police, the Presidential term limit to name a few, the personnel appointed to execute

Opinion | Author Critiques Gov’t Purchase Of Exorbitant Cars For OIC Summit

Image
By Alagie Saidy-Barrow  A long time ago, some Gambians in Atlanta came up with the idea of celebrating America’s independence on July 4th. Gambians from all over the United States converged in Atlanta for a few days of merriment. It used to be one of the biggest Gambian events in America, if not the biggest. For most attendees, the highlight of the July 4th celebrations was the evening football matches that had Gambians from various states competing for bragging rights. The evening at the park was also when some Gambians came to showcase themselves. It was their moment to impress other Gambians. To show how well they were doing. Some Gambians start planning for July 4th celebrations months before the event.  I know of a fellow who was said to have rented a very expensive car and drove it down from another state to Atlanta. He had the car parked close to the main entrance of the park with dancehall music blasting! He was hanging out with a few of his friends seemingly disinterested in o

Editorial | OIC: A Nation In Emotion Of Distress

Image
Editorial   Emotions are wrapped up during and after the just concluded two days summit, of the Organisation Of Islamic Conference Summit (OIC) in Gambia. A country whose people are expected to participate actively during the build up of the event to make it successful, many were seen in their various funeral mode of distress, due to the poor planning of the summit. Top on the agenda of discourse of the summit, was the Hamas - Gaza conflict, which bears little or no significance to the general masses.  The OIC was/is greeted with mix emotions in the country, whose people are still battling with many crisis; chief among which is the cost of living crisis. It was alleged that corruption malfeasance was rampant leading up to the OIC summit. A man is a needing animal, and the basic need is as physiological - food sufficiency, development and security. It is a widely held conviction that, a starving man will forgo his need for self-interest in order to get food.  An adage says ‘when you are

Armed Robbers Attack, Rob Kabiro Camara's Filling Station In Essau

Image
Armed robbers stormed the premises of Kabiro Camara's filling station in Essau, North Bank Region and made away with an undisclosed (substantial), amount of money. Sources said: “In the wee hours of Sunday, at about 3: 00 Am local time unknown armed robbers with assault raffles and pistols, invaded the fuel station and opened the main gate for his colleague's assailants to join the expedition while a gate-away car waited on the main Farafenni Highway also known as Essau turntable”. The robbers did not only stop at making away with substantial amounts of money but also deepening half of the fuel tank. The youths of Niumi particularly Essau are calling on all and sundry to be vigilant and report any suspected causes of petty fuel selling from individuals. They promised a lofty amount of money to anyone who may find the culprits. At the time of going to press efforts were made to reach out to the police, PRO, but remained futile. This is a developing story and Niumi FM, will conti

GPU Still Concern About Safety Of Journalists, Others

Image
  By Sheriff Saidykhan  Modou Joof, the Secretary General of the Gambia Press Union (GPU) said the Union is still concerned about the safety and security of Journalists in the country.  He made these remarks on Friday, during the celebration of World Press Freedom Day at Sunset Beach Hotel, Kololi with the theme “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crisis”. World Press Freedom Day is set aside to reflect on issues of press freedom and the recognition of the important role of a free and independent press, and to amplify the voices of the voiceless. State of Press Freedom & Freedom of Expression in The Gambia Modou Joof said there have been an increase in media proliferation, allowing people to enjoy the luxury of watching different media channels and to share divergent views on the administrative life of the country. “We have seen an increase in the number of private radio stations by almost 75%, with 39 FM stations in operations as of 2021, according

Shine Light In Girls’ Education Equips Journalists On GBV Reporting, Others

Image
      Team Outpost Media  Shine Light In Girls’ Education in collaboration with the Association of Health Journalists (AOHJ) has on Monday trained journalists on Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C). The daylong capacity building training is aimed at empowering journalists through compassionate reporting, in the drive towards combatting Gender Based Violence and FGM/C across communities. Speaking at the event, veteran broadcaster Serign Faye said journalists have a crucial role to report accurately on gender sensitive issues. He further urged the Ministry of Health to work closely in tandem with Health Journalists to enhance reporting on gender based violence, and FGM/C. “The mass media is not only limited to informing the masses, but to educate the society on gender sensitive issues. Journalists have a crucial role to inform, and not to cause alerm” he advised. Modou Touray, of the Block TV, said the training was significant to journalists in their reporti