The Kanifing Police on Monday extended Madi Jobarteh’s bond till next week as investigators have sent the case file to the Office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for consideration.
“I am reporting again on Monday July 13 at 9AMat Kanifing Police,” said Jobarteh via a post on his Facebook page.
Madi Jobarteh was arrested on June 31 by the Police after a statement he made during the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest, seemingly throwing shade at the authorities. Additionally, Police investigators pressed broadcasting and false information charges against him in an indictment that continues to raise eyebrows in some quarters.
As the Office of the IGP is set to go through the case file to determine whether there is sufficient plausible cause to endorse or amend the charges, civil society organizations have thrown their weight behind Jobarteh in a show of support.
Following Madi Jobarteh’s arrest and subsequent release on bail by the Police, civil society organisations (CSOs) have Friday made their voice heard and took a firm stand in rallying behind the renowned activist.
Ousman Yabo, TANGO Executive Director, told reporters that the move they have taken constitutes a ‘special occasion’ where civil society organizationst come together to ensure that what they fought for do not vanish overnight.
Yabo seized the opportunity to remind President Adama Barrow that the country’s democratic forces resolved few years back to never allow tyranny to reassert itself again in the country.
For his part, Gambia Press Union (GPU) President, Sheriff Bojang Jr., warned that the arrest of Madi Jobarteh poses a threat to freedom of expression.
Sheriff Bojang Jnr, the president of Gambian Press Union said that the arrest and charge is threat to freedom of expression.
“This is why I am concerned. This is why I am scared,” he voiced out. “We will stand with Madi, we will stand with anybody whose freedom to express himself/herself is curtailed or is been taken away.”
Bojang challenged the media to fullfil their sacro-saint responsibility in amplifying the voices of the voiceless.
Adding his voice to chorus of recriminations, Sheriff Kijera, the victims’ center Chairperson, said these tactics were used by former Pesident Jammeh to silence his critics.
“Never again shall we sit back!” he exclaimed in an attempt to send a clear signal to the authorities.
Similar sentiments were expressed by John Charles Njie, the Chairman TANGO, said Madi’s arrest and subsequent release on bail constitute an attempt is to muzzle freedom of expression.
“But we will not be silenced and we shall never be silent,” he added.
Njie described the action of the police as a “direct violation of the Constitution.”
Written by Abdoulie John
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