19 February 1998


Journalist charged; continued closure of radio station

Incident details

Baboucar Gaye


legal action

CPJ/IFEX) - On 12 February 1998, Baboucar Gaye, proprietor of the Citizen FM
radio station, was charged with operating an unlicensed radio station. No
court date has been set for Gaye. Citizen FM remains off the air.

**Updates IFEX alerts dated 9 and 13 February 1998**

Background Information

Gaye and Ebrima Sillah, news editor of Citizen FM radio, were arrested 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. 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 charges against Baboucar Gaye to be dropped unconditionally
  • 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

  • Source

    Committee to Protect Journalists
    330 7th Ave., 11th Floor
    New York, NY 10001
    info (@) cpj.org
    Fax:+1 212 465 9568
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