Gambia: President Barrow urged to probe Jammeh-era media crimes

An independent press freedom advocacy organization has written to President Adama Barrow, seeking to meet him over issues of a severe media clampdown under the erstwhile Yahya Jammeh regime.

Journalists and other media professionals were detained, others jailed and even killed under the watch of Jammeh and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged the administration to re-look into such cases as a matter of urgency.

In a letter dated February 1, titled ‘CPJ seeks meeting with Gambia President Adama Barrow,’ the group also lauded his early stands on ensuring media freedom.

”We welcomed your December 5, 2016, remark that you did not want to inherit a country where media freedom was fettered and human rights were violated with impunity,” they wrote.

They said a meeting with Barrow or his representatives were primarily ”to discuss ways to improve the climate for the news media in Gambia.”

The group has repeatedly raised concerns about the actions of exiled leader Yahya Jammeh, with regard to the press during his 22 years in power, and sent a delegation to discuss them with senior officials.

Source: Angola Press News Agency