Saturday, May 30, 2020

Gambia Media Laws Challenged at ECOWAS Court

Must Read

INTERVIEW: From Being Compared with Ibrahimovic to OB Conateh Influencing Him to Dump Sweden –A Trip into How Njogu Demba Became Gambia’s Most Expensive...

By: Sulayman Bah Fond memories of his brutal annihilation of Liberia still linger. The year was 2008 and the fixture a...

MOJ Gazettes Bill to Promulgate Constitution

By: Yankuba Jallow The Ministry of Justice said on Friday that a bill for an Act to promulgate the Constitution...

Kebba Taylor; The Musical Genius Who Never Went to Music School

Kebba Taylor is a musical genius, multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, who learnt how to play musical instruments from his...

The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) and three Gambian journalists on 7 December filed a legal claim before the Lawyer AyereECOWAS Community Court of Justice to challenge laws relating to the media in The Gambia which violate the right to freedom of expression.

The FAJ, the African Group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), revealed this in a press release.

There are currently four Applicants: the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) and three Gambian journalists who currently live in exile outside of The Gambia. The press release has not indicated the names of the Gambian journalists.

The Applicants argue that the continued maintenance, by The Gambia, of its criminal laws on sedition, defamation and prohibiting the publication of ‘false news’ represses press freedom and violates its citizens’ human rights. Among the relevant provisions of the criminal law being challenged are: provisions of the Criminal Code of 2009 which establish criminal offences relating to sedition; provisions of the Criminal Code of 2009 which establish the criminal offence of unlawful publication of libel; and provisions of the Information and Communications Act (as amended) which provide for the criminal offence of publication of false news or information.

The claim of the applicants is that their right to freedom of expression has been violated, including “the use of criminal laws that prohibit criticism to be made of the government.” The applicants say that the laws, which have their roots in colonial times when they were used to suppress dissent, are now specifically used to target journalists and human rights defenders. They ask the Court to make a declaration that their very existence violates the right to freedom of expression.

- Advertisement -

The ECOWAS Court has jurisdiction to determine cases of violation of human rights that occur in any member state. The ECOWAS Court was established in 1991 and has jurisdiction in all Member states.

Latest News

INTERVIEW: From Being Compared with Ibrahimovic to OB Conateh Influencing Him to Dump Sweden –A Trip into How Njogu Demba Became Gambia’s Most Expensive...

By: Sulayman Bah Fond memories of his brutal annihilation of Liberia still linger. The year was 2008 and the fixture a...
- Advertisement -

MOJ Gazettes Bill to Promulgate Constitution

By: Yankuba Jallow The Ministry of Justice said on Friday that a bill for an Act to promulgate the Constitution of The Gambia 2020 and...

Kebba Taylor; The Musical Genius Who Never Went to Music School

Kebba Taylor is a musical genius, multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, who learnt how to play musical instruments from his father and uncles. He epitomizes his...

Sukuta residents to meet with Government over Salagi land saga

By Mustapha Jallow Residents of Salagi, a settlement on the outskirts of Sukuta will on Monday hold talks with the Gambian Government over the Salagi...

IRI Poll suggests 72% Of Gambians Support a New Constitution

Seventy-two percent of Gambians supported the need for a new constitution and are satisfactied with the performance of Constitutional Review Commission (CRC). A new nationwide...
- Advertisement -

People Also Read This