Fabakary Ceesay

(JollofNews) – Barely 24 hours after an investigative journalist was subjected to an ‘assault’ by ECOMIG forces, the Secretary General of Gambia Press Union (GPU) Saikou Jammeh has expressed dismay about the incident that has left many people flabbergasted.

“This is unacceptable. This is not something that we expect in New Gambia,” said Saikou Jammeh who made it clear that the country’s media body will get to the bottom of this problem.

The GPU scribe made these remarks on Thursday as journalists gathered at Djembeh Hotel, Kololi, to observe the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI).

Fabakary Ceesay, an investigative journalists with the local Foroyaa Newspaper, had a
fracas with some elements of the ECOMIG forces at Kairaba Beach Hotel while President Adama Barrow was presiding over the opening ceremony of the 61st Ordianry Sesson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and celebrations marking the 30th anniversary
of the organisation.

Ceesay displaying his injured finger

Cessay told JollofNews that he was not aware that the Gambian leader will grace the occasion. He then added that when he reached the hotel, President Barrow was already in the confrence hall.

Despite efforts he made appealing on security forces to grant him access, some of them acted in a way that resulted in tension.
Subsequently, exchanges of blows ensued leaving him with finger injuries.

Information Minister Demba Ali Jawo used the platform of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI) to react about the incident.

“I am sorry to hear that he ended up having injuries,” he said.

Minister Jawo seized the opportunity to remind journalists on the need to observe protocol. He then advised journalists covering presidential functions to do their utmost best to be at the program as early as
possible.

“Finance Minister Amadou Sanneh came late, and he was not allowed to get in,” he added.