#Article (Archive)

Journalists’ trial suffers setback

Nov 6, 2014, 11:15 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The trial of two journalists, Musa Sheriff, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Voice newspaper, and Sainey M.K. Marenah, a freelance journalist, who were charged with conspiracy to cause a misdemeanour and publication of false news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public, yesterday suffered another setback, at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, before Magistrate Jackle Hackim.

The case, set for ruling on the no-case-to-answer submission made by the defence, could not proceed yesterday as the trial magistrate was reportedly ill.

Hearing continues on 10November 2014, for ruling.

Sainey M.K. Marena and Musa Sheriff are accused in count one that on 6 December 2013, in Banjul and diverse places, conspired to cause misdemeanorand published in the Voice newspaper medium a story headlined: “19 Green Youths Join the opposition UDP” dated 6 December 2013, and thereby committed an offence.

In count two, the two journalists were accused of knowing or having reason to believe that the said publication was likely to cause fear to the public or disturb the public peace, and thereby committed an offence.