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Free expression and journalist organisations prevented from holding a Forum on freedom of expression in The Gambia

Dakar: The Coordinating Committee set up by the Government of The Gambia to oversee the African Union (AU) Summit has barred civil society organizations on the continent from holding a forum on freedom of expression in the country. The forum was scheduled to take place in Banjul, the capital, on June 29 and 30, prior to the Summit.

 

In a letter sent on June 19, 2006 to “The Association of Non-Governmental Organisations” (TANGO) and copied to the Kombo Beach Hotel, which had been booked as venue for the Forum, the General Coordinator of the Summit, Mr. Bolong Sonko, who is also a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Gambia, told the hotel management to suspend the freedom of expression forum until government approves it. The Gambian government therefore effectively stopped the NGOs from holding the forum.

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