Gov’t abandons Internet law, criminal defamation

Friday, June 09, 2017

The Gambia government has abandoned the law on criminal defamation and false publication on the Internet.

The government made the concession recently at the Supreme Court in a lawsuit against them filed by the Gambia Press Union.

The GPU, in 2015, filed a civil suit against The Gambia government for the repeal of sedition and false publication laws.

The concession was just on criminal defamation and false publication on the Internet.

However, the Justice Minister said they are contesting false publication and broadcasting.

In 2013, the then Information Minister Nana Grey-Johnson led efforts to amend the Information and Communications Act to introduce a 15-year prison term and a fine of D3 million ($70,000) for anyone convicted of using the internet to spread false news, make derogatory statements, incite dissatisfaction, or instigate violence against the government or public officials.