The Committee to Protect Journalists has requested to meet with the Gambia’s President Adama Barrow to discuss what his administration plans to do with the cases of a missing and a murdered journalist Ebrima Manneh and Deyda Hydara.
Former President Yahya Jammeh has repeatedly failed to account for Manneh and gave conflicting reports about his whereabout saying he fled the country to America. The Jammeh government also blamed Mr. Hydara for his own death after he was shot next to a police station in 2004.
Manneh has been missing since the summer of 2006. President Adama Barrow has ordered the release of all political prisoners but Manneh is yet to reunite with his family.
Manneh’s family said they have been informed by security sources that he was killed by a paramilitary unit called the jungulars.
The Gambia’s government is yet to adhere to a regional court’s ruling to compensate Manneh and Hydara families. They are also yet to respect the ruling to compensate journalist Musa Saidykhan who was tortured by Jammeh’s NIA.
Barrow has promised media law reforms and “does not want to inherit a country where media freedom was fettered and human rights were violated with impunity.”
Under Jammeh, Gambian authorities stifle media freedom through a combination of criminal prosecutions, physical intimidation, censorship, and the promotion of government views in state-run or friendly private outlets.