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Pa Nderry M’Bai, Independent Journalist, speaks with AfrobeatRadio

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Pa Nderry M’Bai, Managing Editor and Publisher of the online Freedom Newspaper, in conversation with AfrobeatRadio’s Wuyi Jacobs on Focus on Gambia. Part 1. This interview was broadcast on Saturday April 3, 2010, on AfrobeatRadio on WBAI 99.5 FM in NYC. Mr. Nderry M’Bai was the Secretary General of The Gambia Press Union and a Correspondent with the Voice of America Radio Africa Service, Banjul.

While in the Gambia, Mr. M’Bai worked as a Senior Staff Reporter with the Banjul Based Daily Observer and the Point Newspaper respectively. Pa Nderry M’Bai spoke to AfrobeatRadio on the political repression in the Gambia and consequences of it for the Gambian people under the repressive regime of President Yaya Jameh.

Under the rule of Yaya Jameh, several journalists,  including Chief Ebrima Manneh and Deida Hydara, have been killed or disappeared without trace (see African Press: Courage Under Fire) and many others remain jailed, tortured and/or exiled. For example,  The Freedom Newspaper reported recently that an UDP’S opposition politician, Mr. Femi Peters, was jailed for one year imprisonment with hard labor.

More information can be located at The International Federation of Journalists that report on the dangers journalists face yearly in Gambia and other countries.

8 Comments »

  • Soulayeman Gibba said:

    This is in deed a true statement from the freedonnewspaper Managing Editor. What is on the ground in The Gambia in terms of freedom of speech ,association, especially opposition UDP is seen by the Gambia leader his treat to unseat him from power. Jammeh is not a sound and intellengent leader. He is the most fake individual characteristric individual i ever known he is also the most corrupt leader ever emmerge in the soil of the continent of Africa . The jurnalists in that country are working in the held that is why they have been reduced to minimal and accurate information to the people.

  • mass k said:

    Gambia is being unfortunate atlease long enough, the present leader is corrupt and manuplative, he is a dictator and very greedy, no wonder his security among his security forces is at limboo. He did not fit in the line of good presidents in the world, justic department in gambia are specifically working for him and his inrerest, the correct way of saying this is (gambian people are working for him Mr Jammeh alone) instead he work for the people of gambia nor for himself. If you talk about his weakness in trems of politic whilst in gambia, i will say becareful, they can take that as a national treath.

  • mass k said:

    Some african leaders think to be a president is to act like god, where people worship and enslave them selve as if the president is their creator. Look africa dont need that kind of leaders, we want a leader that respect constitutional amenment, understand human right and follow the rule of law and be selfless plus end the endless presidency through out africa, which i mean term limits. There is a problems the continent face, this is simply true, look at world market. You can hear European market, Asain market and american market, where is african market ? In order to answer this question i will leave it for readers to address it for me and the rest of africa. I DO KNOW THE NUMBERS OF STEP TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM IS NOT A LONG ONE, BUT PLEASE DO NOT POINT FINGER ON THIS ISSUES ACROSS THE WATER, ANSWER IS WITHIN THE MEANS.

  • GAMBIAN said:

    Hay homeboy give Jammeh a break.Gambian like complaining a lot.Before Jammeh you don't have a television no uni no air port .Now that you have all that the noisy. With the love with Jammeh have for that small poor country u have electric,and so may of it kind none of you every dream of seeing ,Play by Jammeh's rule or you all free to live in U.K SPAIN US

  • mr x said:

    you know we called the foermer president,sir dawda kairaba jawara,but he will be call "last dumper yahya iblis jammeh,look that man is an idiot,that man is selfish,coward,and tribalist,but i want to make it clear to all gambian that not tha jolas,but iblis jammeh want to force them in his tribal campaign.jolas are very honest people,i read a document in the internet from mango park that went he visited the gambia,he was living the community called jolas,thay are the most honest people in the gambia,because anytime he is going out the place and the position he left his things he always found them thesame….they are long time our house maids,but how many gambians can complain that his or her maid has stolen his or her property…..

  • mass k said:

    I think the readers who mentions about airport and TV plus the reader who mention about jolas, are miscalculating the whole context, infact miss the ideas of the point; no one is stereo typing or kinda tribalism, i think you miss the shot and way off the main road. HOW CAN YOU DEFINE A GOOD LEADER WITHOUT STEREO TYPE MIS JUDGEMENT? I WANT THESE READERS ABOVE ME TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION LEGIMATELY.
    1. DID PRES JAMMEH OPEN TO ALL GAMBIAN ?
    2. DID PRES JAMMEH RESPECT CONSTITUTION OF THE COUNTRY ?
    3.DID HE ALLOW PEOPLE TO CRITICISE HIM EVEN HE THINK HE IS DOING RIGTH THING ?
    4. DID HE DO ANY THING TO PROTECT ORDINARY MISSING GAMBIAN TO REUNITE WITH THEIR FAMILIES ?
    5. DID HE ALLOWED OTHER POLITICEAN USE STATE TV OR RADIO AT ONE GIVING POINT FOR THEM TO EXPERTISE THEIR POLITICAL VIEWS ?
    6 . DID HE AND HIS GOVERNMENT CREAT JOBS TO SAY HERE ARE JOBS ALL ACROSS COUNTRY, PLEASE YOUNG FOLK GET THE TRAINING AND TAKE THESE POST DOOR OPEN TO ALL ?

    IS ALOT TO TALK ABOUT A GOOD PRESIDENT AND MUCH MORE IF ONLY HE FIT IN THE SHOE OF GOOD PRESIDENTS AROUND THE GLOBE.

    I NEED THE ANSWER FROM THOSE ABOVE ME THANKX.

  • ous said:

    pa, is a heater, lunatic,and opportunist, we gambians don't take him seriously. he makes up stories for his own self interest.

  • mass k said:

    I THINK Mr OUS IS WRONG PA is RIGHT I VISITED GAMBIA AS A VISITOR AND THE WAY I SAW THINGS GOING THERE, I WAS NOT HAPPY. AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WE WERE VERY DISSAPOINTED SEEING HOW LAW ENFORCERS BEHAVE, MILITARY OFFICIAL ACT, I EVEN WITHNESS A MAN BEATING BY A MILITARY PERSONNEL, PEOPLE WERE SO AFRAID TO SPEAK UP WETHER THAT ACTION IS LAWFUL OR NOT, NO ONE CANT. I DECIDED TO INTERVEIW THE OFFICIALS ABOUT THE INCIDENT AND MUCH MORE ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND PEOPLE RIGHTS. YOU KNOW WHAT ! I WAS GIVEN AN ADVISED NOT TO DO SO, AND ASKED WHY THEY SAID HERE IS GAMBIA PEOPLE DONT TALK ABOUT THIS, IF YOU FOLLOW IT AND TRY TO QUESTION ALOT, THEY WILL THINK YOU ARE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT PARTICULARY MR YAYA JAMMEH, SO PLEASE DO NOT GO THERE. MY PROBLEM IS WHAT IS THE USE OF THE LAW AND THE CONSTITUTION ? IS THE LAW ENFORCERS HAS THE RIGHT TO BEAT EVEN THOUG OFFENDER SURRENDER? WHY IN THE FIRST PLACE MILITARY SHOULD BE PRESENT IN AN NONE EMERGENCY EVENTS? WHY ????? AS I SEE MOST PEOPLE ARE PEACEFUL WHY????.

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