13 September 2007

Gambia: Where Are Malick Jones And Mam Sait Ceesay?

Malick Jones and Mam Sait Ceesay are the latest journalists to disappear. They could not be found at home or their offices, while it is rumoured that they have been arrested and detained, though the security forces deny this. According to information reaching Foroyaa, the duo were arrested by the security agents last Sunday and taken to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Headquarters in Banjul and later to the police headquarters.

However, when contacted, the police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Inspector Secka, asked our reporter to wait while he cross-checked with the crime management and control unit of the police. He later said they were not under police custody.

This reporter was later informed that the two journalists are currently being detained at the NIA headquarters. When contacted, the NIA maintained that the two are not under their custody.

If the information given by the security is anything to go by, then what Foroyaa can say is that the two have disappeared and the state should do all it can to find the two journalists.

Mr. Malick Jones is a radio broadcaster with the national radio for decades and Mam Sait Ceesay is a press officer at the Office of the President. The reason for their arrest is not known.

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