management, staff and board of directors of the Gambia Press Union School of
Journalism [GPU J-School] welcome the ruling by the Economic Community of West
African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice on the Gambia’s criminal libel,
sedition and false news laws.
This is good news coming at a time when the government of the Gambia has expressed its intention to reform the media laws in the country.
On that note, we humbly call on the relevant authorities to quickly act on the judgment to “immediately repeal or amend” these laws to meet international standards.
“This ruling by the ECOWAS Court is timely. It comes at a time we are working closely with the government and other media stakeholders with a view to reforming the media laws,” said Bai Emil Touray, GPU President.
“The media and journalists play a crucial role in society and any enforcement of criminal laws against journalists for carrying out their function will jeopardize journalism’s relevance,” said Sang Mendy, Managing Director of GPU J-School.
The case of journalists - Fatou Camara, Fataou Jaw Manneh, Alhagie Jobe, and Lamin Fatty was led by the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ). The UK-based Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) took the initiative in 2015 and worked with a team of lawyers both in Nigeria and abroad.