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About musa

I am a Gambian journalist whose mission to use his pen to correct injustice and to tell truth to power was left to bite dust. My newspaper's contents and editorials became "too itchy" that I ended up in Banjul's mosquito-infested cells where I had to cope with three nights of horrendous tortures that left scars all over my body. I was forced to flee into exile with my family, leaving behind my beloved country and editorial desk in the hands of perpetrators. However, unlike most refugees, my two and half years in Senegal was well spent.

gambia’s “no call no show” attitude


The Gambia government’s unexplained absence at the just concluded EU-Africa summit in Brussels, Belgium, is unacceptable in any serious democracy. Where else do we expect such a madness and disrespect to occur without qualms or fingers being raised other than a small country whose people find themselves chained in absolute dictatorship?

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obama wins united states elections


President Barack Obama won re-election to a second term in the White House on Tuesday, television networks projected, beating Republican challenger Mitt Romney after a long and bitter campaign.

Obama defeated Romney in a series of key swing states despite a weak economic recovery and persistent high unemployment as U.S. voters decided between two starkly different visions for the country.

Obama’s narrow wins in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire – all states that Romney had contested – effectively ended Romney’s hopes of capturing the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the White House.

At least 120 million American voters were expected to cast votes in the race between the Democratic incumbent and Romney after a campaign focused on how to repair the ailing U.S. economy.

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government moves to kanilai


the farmer who relies on free labour

With effect from today, the entire function of the Gambia government will be surely moved to the border hamlet of Kanilai where President Yahya Jammeh has embarked on a 35-day vacation.

A news release from the President’s Office confirmed that the Gambian leader is expected to return to Banjul on October 3rd. The release added that between August 13th and October 3rd, Mr. Jammeh will focus on farming activities in Kanilai.

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jammeh axes general martin


General Alagie Martin has become the latest casualty of President Yahya Jammeh’s hiring and firing. General Martin, the President’s Chief Guard, has been fired on Wednesday, state radio and television reported.

As usual, no reasons have been explained for the general’s firing, fueling the already climate of fear in the Gambia.

President Jammeh’s office announced General Martin’s firing and subsequent deployment into the foreign affairs in a terse communique.

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The arrest and subsequent remand of Siddiq Asemota, a Daily Observer journalist, is a clear manifestation that the Gambia’s judiciary has drawn a battle line with the country’s besieged media. 

Mr. Asemota, a naturalized Gambian who originally hailed from Nigeria, joined Abdul Hamid Adiamoh and Lamin Njie, editor and deputy editor of Today and Daily News, respectively. Both Adiamoh and Njie were charged with contempt of the court. While Njie enjoyed the court’s mercy, Adiamoh was convicted and heavily fined.

Mr. Asemota, a journalist with outstanding journalistic experience, was remanded at Mile II Central Prisons on Tuesday after a High Court judge made an order. Justice Emmanuel Nkea at the Special Criminal Division Court ordered Mr. Sidiq to be in custody until Friday, July 13 when his trial begins.

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