The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) delivered a landmark judgment this week, finding the rights of four journalists had been violated by Gambian authorities. The judgment recognized that the country’s criminal laws on libel, sedition and false news interfere with the rights of Gambian journalists, directing that the country “immediately repeal or amend” the laws in line with its obligations under international law. The exiled journalists -- Fatou Camara, Fataou Jaw Manneh, Alhagie Jobe and Lamin Fatty -- had been arrested and detained by authorities, later fleeing the country out of fear of further persecution.
Source: Media Defence
Posted on: February 15, 2018