Gambia revokes Al-Jazeera permits for coverage of human interest stories


Aljazeera Al-Jazeera journalists were on Tuesday revoked by Gambia’s Ministry of Information and Communication. “The team of Al-Jazeera journalists were in Banjul to film and report on human interest stories but were later turned down by theauthorities,” the news agency reported. “They were asked to stop filming or risk being arrested after the government annulled their credentials,” they said. Al-Jazeera correspondent Catherine Wambuo-Soi was quoted as saying, “We have got approval from the government to travel to Banjul to do some human interest stories, but unfortunately a day after our arrival, we were told by our fixer that the government through the ministry of information has asked us not to film anything or else risk being arrested.” The team is reported to have left Banjul via Dakar and is now in Nairobi, Kenya. When Foroyaa got in touch with the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Sherrif Bojang, he promised that an official of the ministry will get in touch with Foroyaa to clarify the issue but up to the time of going to press, no such clarification was made. An official at the ministry had earlier confirmed the revocation of the permit.]]>