Press for union freedom in the Gambia
I’ve been protesting today outside the Gambian High Commission about the trial, which started today, of seven leaders of the Gambian Press Union (GPU). They are accused of sedition – basically, criticising the President – and protests have taken place around the world demanding their release.
Outside the High Commission in London, General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists Jeremy Dear delivered a joint letter from the NUJ (sister union of the GPU), TUC and Amnesty International UK, and we held up placards with the names of the journalists on trial. Members of the London branch of the GPU joined us. There were similar protests around the world – including in Brussels. The US Embassy and the EU (through the British High Commission) have also protested to the Gambian Government about this outrageous attack on freedom of expression and freedom of association.
Please join the action through Amnesty International’s site. We will shortly be launching a legal defence fund with the International Federation of Journalists (that’s their President, Jim Boumelha, in the picture) and Amnesty International are organising a further day of action on press freedom in the Gambia later this month.