25 June 2009

Gambia: Convicted Newspaper Editor Apologizes to President Jammeh

The managing editor of Today newspaper, Abdul Hamid Adiamoh, who was recently convicted and sentenced by a magistrate court on false information charges, has written a letter to the Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, expressing apology for the erroneous publication of an article published by his paper, which resulted to his conviction and sentence.

Adiamoh's message, as received from the Office of the President, State House in Banjul, reads:

Your Excellency

I hereby tender an unreserved apology to your high and exalted office for the erroneous article published in Today newspaper issue of 10th June 2009, which unfortunately gave an erroneous impression of the lofty efforts of your exalted office in the administration of the affairs of the Republic of The Gambia.

Today newspaper had reported that the Hon. Minister for Lands and Local Government of the Republic of The Gambia, Honorable Ismaila Sambou, had been removed from his office by the president of the Republic in a recent Cabinet reshuffle. We accept that the information is erroneous, inexcusable and should not have been published. We accept unreservedly our mistake and apologize in unequivocal terms for this terrible error. We wish to unequivocally assert that the publication was not intended to sully the characters of the honorable ministers, nor was it meant to detract from their capability to hold the offices.

We indeed wish to express our confidence in the capacity of the president of the Republic of The Gambia to make good choices geared towards the development of The Gambia and Gambians, and to state that this was just an error which we most deeply regret. We also wish to state that we have successfully retrieved over 90 percent of the published newspaper immediately we realized the error and have destroyed them. We once again tender our unreserved apologies for the publication, and for every possible inconvenience and damage the report could have caused.

We promise that Today newspaper shall henceforth continue to be committed and to redouble its commitment to the development aspirations of His Excellency, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh, and his laudable and lofty efforts to place the glorious Gambia on a high pedestal among the comity of nations. Once again, we are very sorry for the erroneous information that was carried through our medium.

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