Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Adama Barrow, President of the Republic
of Gambia expressed concern over the attack on two journalists.
PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urges the government of Gambia to investigate the incident and ensure the rights and safety of journalists. He also stated that other political parties need to educate their supporters to stop attacking journalists.
According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), On Saturday August 5, Louis Mendy and Modou Ceesay from state broadcaster, Gambia Radio-Television Service ‘GRTS’ were assaulted by the security guards and supporters of Ex Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. Mendy and Ceesay had travelled to the village of Bujinga to cover the cremation of Yahya Jammeh’s mother.
Journalist Mendy says that his colleague Ceesay was slapped and their camera was also taken by a group of people wearing Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) security tags. They were also stopped from covering the funeral of the ex-president’s mother, reported RSF.
The journalists managed to escape and lodged a complaint at the police station.