Gambia ALERT: Two newspaper journalists briefly detained, one charged with sedition
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Abdulhamid Adiomoh and Pa Bajika Nigerian publisher and reporter respectively of Today Newspaper, a privately-owned Banjul-based newspaper were on July 17, 2008 arrested and briefly detained at the Police Headquarters of The Gambian Police Force over a story that the paper published.
The sources said Bajika who wrote the story was released and asked to report on July 21 together with Adiomoh, who was granted bail in the sum of 20,000 Gambian dalasi (about 952 US$) and one surety. However, when they reported to the police, Adiomoh was charged with a count of publishing with seditious intention.
Adiomoh reportedly told MFWA sources that during the questioning he was warned to be careful about the kinds of news items that the Today Newspaper publishes.