Gambia Online News Blockage Condemned

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Participants at the NGOs Forum on Monday passed a resolution condemning the blocking of a number of online Gambian newspapers.

Participants said the continuous blocking of online newspapers and blogs by the government of Yahya Jammeh constitutes an infringement on the rights of Gambians to access information.

“We the participants at the NGOs Forum are deeply concerned at the blocking of many online media and information websites denying thereby alternative sources of information to the Gambia public,” they said in the resolution.

The resolution comes amid dedicated efforts spearheaded by JollofNews over the building of an Internet firewall by the Gambia government with no legal basis.

With regard to the murder of Journalist Deyda Hydara in December 2004 by unidentified gunmen and the disappearance of Journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh of Daily Observer, the resolution recommended to the African Commission to put pressure on the Gambia government to reveal the whereabouts of Mr Manneh and to conduct an independent and impartial enquiry into the murder of the Deyda Hydara.”