[News] : Seven journalists denied entry to #Gambia ahead of contested inauguration

People board the ferry leaving Banjul, Gambia, Wednesday Jan. 18, 2017. Special flights were being organized Wednesday to evacuate British and other tourists from Gambia, where the threat of a regional military intervention loomed as President Yahya Jammeh's mandate expires on Thursday after he lost elections in December. On Tuesday, he declared a state of emergency before he is supposed to cede power to President-elect Adama Barrow. (AP Photo)

Lagos, Nigeria, January 18, 2017- – Seven global columnists wanting to provide details regarding the introduction of Gambia’s leader choose Adama Barrow tomorrow were denied passage to the nation on January 16, as per reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists censured the block as a ponder endeavor to quiet the press amid a time of political agitation.

People board the ferry leaving Banjul, Gambia, Wednesday Jan. 18, 2017. Special flights were being organized Wednesday to evacuate British and other tourists from Gambia, where the threat of a regional military intervention loomed as President Yahya Jammeh’s mandate expires on Thursday after he lost elections in December. On Tuesday, he declared a state of emergency before he is supposed to cede power to President-elect Adama Barrow. (AP Photo)

“The authenticity of the Gambian government unequivocally relies on upon the press being permitted to give an account of the nation’s political move,” said Peter Nkanga, CPJ’s West Africa agent. “We approach experts to permit all writers to openly cover occasions in Gambia.”

Movement officers denied passage to four columnists from the Chinese CGTN TV channel, situated in Nairobi, Kenya; two Swedes from the photograph organization Kontinent; and a Senegalese picture taker from Agence France-Presse, who had all flown in from Dakar, as per media reports. Authorities scrutinized the writers, who had expressed their calling on a frame when they touched base, before sending them back to Senegal three hours after the fact in light of the fact that they didn’t have accreditation, the reports said.

“They said we didn’t have our accreditation in spite of the fact that we had connected for one preceding venturing out to the nation. We were advised to come and pay face to face,” one of the columnists, who asked for secrecy, was cited as saying in the AFP report.

CPJ was not able achieve any of the columnists or their outlets for input.

Gambia is encountering a strained political move after the active president, Yahya Jammeh, declined to yield crush in December decisions. Jammeh yesterday proclaimed a 90-day highly sensitive situation, refering to “the uncommon and exceptional measure of outside obstruction” in the decisions, which he lost to restriction pioneer Adama Barrow, as indicated by media reports. The local gathering, Economic Community of West African States, has swore to maintain the decision result, and said it has troops on standby, as per reports.

Since the race, Gambia has ousted no less than five different writers. Security powers took two Al-Jazeera staff members, Mauritania agency boss Zeinebou Mint Erebih and cameraman Mohamed Ould Beidar, from their lodging in the capital, Banjul, and kept them overnight before ousting them on December 12, as per AFP. The report did not determine the purpose behind the writers being removed, yet AFP revealed that Al-Jazeera had been denied accreditation to cover the presidential races, reports said.

On January 10, experts in the capital Banjul kept three Senegalese columnists covering a Supreme Court hearing for Jammeh’s decision request, and removed them from the nation for professedly deficient with regards to accreditation, as indicated by AFP. The news office did not determine what outlets the writers worked for.

Not long ago CPJ recorded how three radio stations were requested to stop broadcasting on January 1. Authorities requested a fourth station, Paradise FM, to be closed down for a couple of hours on January 8, without giving an official clarification. The request was made after the station publicized a meeting with a restriction pioneer, as indicated by media reports. An anonymous writer from Afri Radio, one of the focused on stations, was refered to in news reports as saying that specialists may have focused on the station after it declared subtle elements of President-elect Barrow’s introduction.

Two Gambian columnists, who solicited to stay unknown out from attentiveness toward their wellbeing, told CPJ the mind-set in the nation is tense after the acquiescence of a few government clergymen and the VP. A large number of regular folks have fled Gambia, in the midst of conceivable military mediation by African governments, as indicated by media reports.

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