13 February 1998


Renewed detention of journalist; continued closure of radio station

Incident details

Baboucar Gaye



(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - According to ARTICLE 19, Baboucar Gaye, proprietor of
Citizen FM radio, was detained on 10 February 1998, and the enforced closure
of the radio station continued on 11 February 1998.

Background Information

Gaye was arrested, along with Ebrima Sillah, news editor of Citizen FM
radio, by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) on 5 February 1998. The
arrest came soon after Citizen FM broadcast a story claiming that NIA's
Director of Operations had been sacked in connection with an alleged
counterfeit scandal (see IFEX alert of 9 February 1998). Gaye was released
on bail on 9 February 1998, but was then ordered to report daily to the
headquarters of the NIA in Banjul. On doing so on 10 February, it appeared
that he was taken back into custody.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Baboucar Gaye and
    the dropping of any plans to charge either him or Ebrima Sillah
  • demanding that any requirement that Baboucar Gaye or Ebrima Sillah should
    report daily to NIA headquarters in Banjul be lifted
  • appealing to them to allow Citizen FM to resume broadcasting without delay

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Colonel (Retd.) Yahya Jammeh
    President of the Second Republic of The Gambia
    Office of the President
    State House
    The Gambia
    Fax: +220 227 034

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression
    6-8 Amwell Street
    EC1R 1UQ
    United Kingdom
    info (@) article19.org
    Fax:+44 20 7278 7660
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