20th February 2020.
The Secretary General,
The Gambia Press Union (GPU)
Petition To The Gambia Press Union (GPU) from Concern Journalists
We (Concerned Journalists) are humbly petitioning you for the purpose of giving practical effect to the constitutionally guaranteed rights of free expression and a free, independent and pluralistic media unreservedly.
We know you are doing your best, but we need you to do more. We need you to apply the law with wisdom by weighing the option.
We are worried about the suppression of media freedom in this country. We are worried about the unconstitutionality and arbitrary closure of the two radio stations and charges against our colleagues.
This is a country that in recent years, raised its ranking across the world as far as media freedom is concerned. But now our ranking may go down due to the unconstitutional closure of the two radio stations and charges still lingering against our colleagues.
We are urging you to speed up with your legal action or else we will take to the streets latest March 30.
We are humbly petitioning you to apply the law just as Solomon did in the Bible or Muhammed (S.A.W) to Quran.
We believe our move is necessary as we register our displeasure against what we described as an attempt by the government to suppress media freedom in this country.
We are challenging you to engage relevant authorities to reopen the two private radio stations and also to drop all charges against our colleagues as soon as possible or else we carry on with our planned protest.
Our concern is that the move by the government to shut down the two private radio stations was not in line with the constitution.
We are also concerned that; the closure of these media houses has sent many of our colleagues off the job market.
You will bear me witness that radio equipment are costly and therefore the continued closure of these media houses might see some of their equipment get spoilt or be affected.
We believe the matter should be in court by now. You cannot unlawfully shut down two private radio stations in a row for more than 72 hours without taking the matter to court.
We hope our letter would be given a thoughtful consideration.
Yours in the watchdog spirit,
Sign …Ousman A. Marong