The year 2014 was a good start for media freedom; with the re-opening of two banned media out lets, the Standard newspaper and Teranga FM radio. The two media organizations with a third one The Daily News which still remained closed was all shot down in August and September 2012.
The status of the Gambia media as rated by Freedom House is NOT FREE, That has been the status of the country for many years. 2014 remain a very difficult year as the draconian media laws are still in place, namely: Newspaper Registration ACT (2004), Newspaper Amendment ACT (2004), THE Criminal Code Amendment ACT (2003) and The Amended Information and Communication ACT (2013).
The Daily News remains banned for more than two years now, joining the Independent newspaper, Citizen Newspaper, Citizen Radio, SUD FM.
The un- resolved killing of Deyda Hydara is another dent on our press freedom.I strongly register my utter disappointment at rate the investigations into his murder is going. Despite several call on the government of the Gambia to re-open investigations in this unresolved murder case; here are we today after 10 years marking the day.
10 years is too long for friends, colleagues, family members and loved ones to wait to see justice prevail. It is said justice delayed is justice denied; really justice is denied in our colleague’s case.
It’s not fair for him as a person and to all of us as colleagues; family members and friends to keep us these 10 long years; it’sjust too hard and frustrating for anyone waiting to see justice happen this long.
Chief Ebrima Manneh's whereabout also remained unknown since 2007. Whether dead or alive no one has an answer for that. This and mony other un resolved media cases make us the Gambia a non FREE PRESS State.
I wish the 2015 be good and better , than 2014 for the entire media fraternity.