Monday, 6 July 2009

[creative-radio] MENA International petition to free Gambian journalists

International petition to free Gambian journalists

The Gambia Press Union (GPU) has set up an online petition calling on the
country's government to drop its charges against six journalists and set
them free.

The petition calls on the government of Gambia to allow the journalists to
carry on their work without hindrance and to end what the GPU calls the
bullying of innocent journalists.

The six Gambian journalists, who were arrested on sedition charges, are to
appear in court again on Wednesday 8 July.

The case has brought international condemnation with media freedom
organisations staging demonstrations around the world calling for their

Amnstey has taken up the cause and staged a protest outside the Gambian
High Commission in London last week when the journalists appeared in court
only to be remanded.

The GPU petition was set up by the USA branch of the Gambian organisation
and demands the following:

* That the government of the Gambia immediately drop all trumped-up
and bogus charges against members of the GPU-Gambia executive and the
editors and reporters of Foroyaa and The Point newspaper

* The charges of sedition brought against these journalists for
criticizing President Jammeh are yet another indication that Mr.
Jammeh considers himself above criticism and above the laws and
constitution of The Gambia

* The charges are also evidence that the Gambian state has become a
monster bully that delights in inflicting unnecessary pain and
suffering on innocent persons merely for expressing their opinions and
dissent on matters of national interest

* We stand behind the GPU-Gambia statement that disparaging comments
made by President Jammeh regarding murdered Gambian journalist Deyda
Hydara are uncouth and insulting to the memory of this decent victim
of brutality

* We call on all right-thinking Gambians, friends of The Gambia, and
the international community to bring maximum pressure to bear on the
Gambian dictator to drop all sedition charges against these innocent
journalists and allow them to continue doing their work without let or

* We call on all right-thinking Gambians, friends of The Gambia, and
the international community to being maximum pressure to bear on the
Gambian dictator to stop bullying innocent civilians and to recognize
that he is not above the law

You can access and sign the petition by clicking here .

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