Thursday, November 6, 2014

Free Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K.Marenah

                        Sainy M. K. Marenah      Musa Sheriff                            
The case of two journalists, Sainey Marenah and Musa Sheriff was postponed yesterday because the magistrate was ill, according to the regime.

Musa Sheriff is editor-in-chief of The Voice newspaper and Sainey M.K. Marenah is a freelancer were charged with conspiracy to cause fear and alarm to the public by publishing false news.

Their crime?  Last year, they published an article in the Voice newspaper with the headline "19 Green Boys join the opposition UDP."  The Green Boys being supporters of the dictatorial regime of Yaya Jammeh and the United Democratic Party (UDP) being the largest opposition party in The Gambia.

Their case has been on for almost a year with countless number of adjournments, a favorite ploy employed by the regime to continue to deny the freedom of Gambians like Musa Sheriff and Sainey Marenah - two journalists whose only crime was to publish the truth.

The defense has submitted a no-case-to-answer.  Because the case is so weak, the prosecution knows they cannot win - assuming that the magistrate is fair - and thus the continuous delay in a case that should not have taken this long to settle.

These two journalists deserve a speedy disposal of their case so that they can gain their freedom to pursue their journalism careers.  "Justice delayed is justice denied".