News Reporters Without Borders today called on the Gambian government to release The Independent’s managing director, Madi Ceesay, who has been held since a police raid on the biweekly’s offices yesterday, and its editor, Musa Saidykhan, who was arrested the previous night. The two men spent the night in the Major Crimes Unit at Banjul police station and are still being held there. RSF_en Organisation Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom Follow the news on Gambia August 6, 2020 Find out more News to go further March 29, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for the release of two journalists held following raid on newspaper July 23, 2019 Find out more News January 27, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder Reporters Without Borders today called on the Gambian government to release The Independent’s managing director, Madi Ceesay, who has been held since a police raid on the biweekly’s offices yesterday, and its editor, Musa Saidykhan, who was arrested the previous night.Gambia Press Union coordinator Demba Ali Jawo told Reporters Without Borders at noon today that “the two men spent the night in the Major Crimes Unit at Banjul police station and are still being held there.” While Jawo has been able to confirm where they are being detained, he has not been able to visit them. They have not so far been charged.“Gambian journalists are once again paying dearly for the contempt in which they are held by President Yahya Jammeh,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Expressing a critical opinion or publishing irritating reports are viewed as crimes of lèse-majesté in Gambia. Despite the promises it gave to the privately-owned press, Jammeh’s government continues to act in the way to which we are accustomed, with brutal repression.”The press freedom organisation added: “It is time the African Union, the European Union and the United States made President Jammeh understand that such practices are unacceptable.”Police from the Criminal Investigation Department and the elite Police Intervention Unit raided and sealed off The Independent’s offices yesterday morning, arresting all the employees who were there. Everyone was let go later in the day except Ceesay, who recently took over as managing director and who is also the Gambia Press Union’s president, and Saidykhan, who had been arrested at his home at around midnight the night before.The newspaper’s staff think the raid and arrests were prompted by a report in the 27 March issue quoting Halifa Sallah, the leader of the opposition National Alliance for Democracy and Development (NADD), as saying Jammeh was “wealthier than the Gambia” and by a column by Ceesay criticising coups, both an alleged coup plot on 21 March and the coup that brought Jammeh to power in 1994.Secretary of state for communication and information Neneh Macdouall Gaye assured the Gambian press on 14 February that, in the run-up an African Union summit due to be held in Banjul in July, the government was determined to usher in a “new era” in its relations with the privately-owned media. But at the same time, she asked journalists to “give a positive image” of Gambia.Saidykhan was previously arrested on 27 October for publicly calling on South African president Thabo Mbeki to press the Gambian government for progress in the investigation into the December 2004 murder of journalist Deyda Hydara, which is still unsolved.The Independent was the target of repeated operations by Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in 2003 and 2004 and its owners, fearing for their safety, live abroad. Its former editor, Abdoulie Sey, was arrested and detained illegally for several days, while the newspaper’s press was set on fire, probably by members of the presidential guard.Hydara was gunned down at the wheel of his car on the night of 16 December 2004 as he was driving two employees home. He was the co-founder and editor of The Point, a newspaper published three times a week, as well as being the Banjul correspondent of Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Reporters Without Borders.He had often been threatened for publicly criticising the government, and was under surveillance by the NIA on the night of his murder, Reporters Without Borders established in the course of two investigative visits to Banjul. Help by sharing this information Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia GambiaAfrica GambiaAfrica
The annual DelFest will return to the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD from May 25-28 of this Summer. The 10th year celebration, produced in association with High Sierra Music, is hosted and personally chosen by Del McCoury. The festival will see performances from Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, Béla Fleck & Chris Thile, Leftover Salmon, Hot Rize, The Infamous Stringdusters, and a whole lot more, in addition to the Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys featuring an appearance by special guest Dierks Bentley.Four day festival tickets are currently on-sale here.
By Dialogo October 11, 2012 Delegates from Cuba and Norway, who are guarantor nations in the peace talks between the FARC and Colombia, accompanied the 12 members of the guerrilla negotiation team that traveled from the Colombian jungle to Havana, before starting the talks on October 15, informed a guerrilla spokesman on October 9. “Cuban and Norwegian guarantors and delegates of the Colombian government are accompanying these talks,” a spokesman of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Hermes Aguilar told AFP in an email. Aguilar indicated that the guerrillas left Colombia “in accordance with agreed bilateral protocols,” and he also specified that “three operations of extraction in the jungle” were performed. “The bases for these operation spots were the airports of Pasto, capital of Nariño department, Neiva, capital of Huila department, and the International Airport of Río Negro, in Antioquia department”. He added that “two of the three operations were performed jointly, while the other one was of autonomous character.” The peace talks are scheduled to start on October 15 in Oslo, and two days after, FARC delegates will give a press conference. The peace negotiations will then be transferred to Havana. This will be the fourth peace process carried out by the FARC in the last 30 years, and will have a main negotiation team of five guerrillas and five government representatives. In total, each party may assign 30 delegates.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York That breathtaking grand entry with the sweeping dual staircase is the star of this gated waterfront estate in the heart of Babylon Village. “Stunning home with gorgeous views from every room of the Great South Bay. Perfect sunrises and sunsets,” says listing agent Tammy Ramsay of Eric G. Ramsay Jr. Associates LLC in Bay Shore.Experience 9,329 square feet of high-end, resort-style living, and enjoy tons of entertaining space. All for just $3,695,000. This sprawling mansion at 199 Peninsula Drive is nestled in a private cul-de-sac and surrounded by 557 feet of coastal magnificence. With easy access to Fire Island, the property graces 1.21 acres and occupies three quarters of the peninsula bordered on the east by the Carlls River. Unique amenities include a deep water slip that can accommodate up to a 55-foot yacht with 18-foot beam. There are two Jet Ski lifts and one 10,000-pound boat lift that can accommodate a 26-foot boat. “Nothing competes with life on the water,” says seller Tom Sweeney, who has lived at the home with wife Fran and their family for 19 years. “It’s like living at a five-star resort that you actually own.”Amenities include a 12-person spa Jacuzzi and 45-foot by 20-foot Gunite pool with waterfall, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, 800-bottle wine cellar, and 3,000 square feet of custom Saturnia flooring from Turkey. In addition, this smart home offering a cornucopia of special high-tech features is conveniently located less than a mile from the Long Island Rail Road’s Babylon station. “Babylon is a great community,” says Sweeney. “It has a small-town atmosphere, with great neighbors. Everything you could ever want and desire is nearby.” Walk to downtown restaurants, shops, the theater; enjoy concerts at the gazebo; and visit arts and crafts events and flea markets. There’s even a hiking trail and paddle boating.The homeowners, now empty nesters looking to downsize, moved into the house as their sons were entering high school and raised them there through their teen years and college experiences. The couple purchased the property from Bret and Lynn Saberhagen in 2001. Bret was a professional baseball player for the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets and played one year with the Boston Red Sox. “Most everyone remembers this as ‘Oh, that’s Saberhagen’s place,’ whereas we remind them that it is now and has been the Sweeneys’ home for 19 years,” Sweeney quips.Built in 1998, this eye-catching house has eight bedrooms; six are en suite including the master. There are six full bathrooms and three half bathrooms. The traditional-style home embellished with romantic balcony and porch offers a huge eat-in kitchen that was redone with cherry cabinets, new high-end appliances, Miele subzero freezer and refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, GE Monogram microwave, convection oven and gas stove. There’s a formal dining room and living room as well as a den/family room, office, and amazing gym. The Sweeneys have fond memories of the good times they’ve enjoyed while living there.“Several wedding and engagement parties, multiple birthdays, graduation parties, Fourth of July fireworks; warm summer nights on the patio enjoying sunsets; thunder and lightning storms over the bay; the frozen icicles on the trees after a winter snowstorm,” Sweeney recalls. “And most of all, raising our two sons on the water, fishing for snappers, crabbing, kayaking and sharing great times with family and friends with our backyard BBQs and parties… It is truly a home for making memories.”While 2012 saw major renovations, the couple notes that over the years, there were too many home improvements to mention. But some big changes included the installation of more than 90 new Andersen windows, WallTech lifetime two-tone exterior painting, painting, and adding 557 feet of docking. Other revamps: the addition of solar panels to heat the pool, the creation of waterfalls, all new LED landscape lighting, new walkways covered with Indiana stone and brick pavers, and a newly paved circular driveway with new gate mechanisms and controls.Sweeney says he and his family have truly enjoyed everyday life in their marvelous manse, and jokes, “I still have to pinch myself every morning when I get up.”Contact Tammy Ramsay, Licensed Sales Associate at 516-319-8605.