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Additional charge against journalist Baboucarr Ceesay

Sep 20, 2012, 10:10 AM

A new charge has been pressed against journalist Baboucarr Ceesay, editor with The Daily News who was arrested on Friday 14th September 2012 alongside a colleague for seeking a permit from the police to hold a peaceful demonstration against the recent executions of nine death row inmates, The Point has been reliably informed.

Ceesay, who is already charged with conspiracy to commit a felony alongside freelance journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan, was yesterday slapped with an additional charge of seditious publication, he told this paper.

According to Ceesay, who is also the first vice president of the Gambia Press Union, the latest charge of seditious publication against him is said to be in connection with an article he allegedly authored for Kenya-based online newspaper, Africa Review.

“I was informed by the police yesterday when I reported on bail that I have also been charged with seditious publication,” Ceesay said.

“The police said I published an article in Africa Review, but the exact article is not stated to me,” he told this paper.

The two, who are currently reporting on bail, are yet to appear before any court.

They are expected to report back to the Police headquarters in Banjul on Friday.