Gambia government has conceded in a lawsuit against it by the Gambia Press Union today afternoon that sedition is unconstitutional at the country’s Constitutional Court.
The press body has sued Gambia government to declare sedition and false news as unconstitutional since the days of the former regime of Yahya Jammeh in 2015.
Jammeh deliberately refused to impanel the Supreme Court to hear the case and many others that border on civil liberties.
“Our concession is only on sedition right now, we are partially withdrawing because we have to review the case on false news… I wish this matter was resolved in ways different from litigation,” Gambia’s justice minister Aboubacarr Tambadou said.
“The new government has made a public commitment to respect and uphold the fundamental human rights of every person, particularly as enshrined in sections 18 to 33 including section 25, which guarantees freedom of speech, assembly, associate, concise and movement.”
This means that Gambia government has accepted that sedition which is a colonial law in Gambia’s statute books is unconstitutional.
Emil Touray, president of the Gambia Press Union, told The Torch that government’s concession is a “victory for the Gambian people.
“Laws such as sedition not only limit media freedom, they also limit academic freedom as well,” Touray added.
The case resumes on June 6 when the government will make its stands known on ‘false news’ before the Supreme Court delivers its verdict.