White House Ordered to Restore CNN Reporter Jim Acosta’s Access

A judge in Washington DC has ordered the White House to return CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass after it was revoked by the US Secret Service. The judge’s order says that the pass must be reinstated as a CNN lawsuit against Donald Trump continues. Mr Acosta’s press pass was taken after he clashed with the president during a news conference earlier this month. The judge said the White House decision likely violated the journalist’s right to due process and freedom of speech. Speaking outside the court, Mr Acosta praised…

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Gambia: Gambia Scores Big In Latest World Bank, Freedom House, Others, Ranking

Gambia Scores Big In Latest World Bank, Freedom House, Others, Ranking State House, Banjul, 16th November 2018 – The government of The Gambia has been favorably rated in almost all aspects of political and economic governance in studies supported by fourteen renowned global political and financial institutions, including the IMF, World Bank, and Freedom House. The scorecard shows that The Gambia, under the leadership of President Adama Barrow, is deemed to be strongly adhering to the principles of good governance, promotion of democratic rights and economic freedom, and investing in…

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World Bank, Others Score Gambia High on Governance

By State House Media The government of The Gambia has been favorably rated in almost all aspects of political and economic governance in studies supported by fourteen renowned global political and financial institutions, including the IMF, World Bank, and Freedom House. The scorecard shows that The Gambia, under the leadership of President Adama Barrow, is deemed to be strongly adhering to the principles of good governance, promotion of democratic rights and economic freedom, and investing in the social welfare and wellbeing of the Gambia people. The Gambia was rated 65%…

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Gambia: The European Union gives € 55 million for Budget Support and Good Governance in The Gambia

The European Union gives € 55 million for Budget Support and Good Governance in The Gambia On November 08, 2018, a new programme of budget support was formally validated. The European Commission has decided to give € 55 million to help The Gambia’s sustainable and inclusive growth. The State and Resilience Building Contract will support the democratic transition period of The Gambia. It will contribute to improve Governance, Public financial management and Service delivery. The duration of this new programme will be of two years for the Budget Support component…

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Gambian Troops in Darfur Accuse Army Leadership of Theft

By Lamin Njie Some Gambian troops who are currently on a UN-backed peacekeeping mission in Darfur have accused the leadership of the Gambia Armed Forces of theft. The soldiers who reached out to The Fatu Network on Friday claim the United Nations pays each Gambian soldier up to two million dalasis in 12 months – of which they say the government gives them a ‘mere D500, 000’. The clearly unhappy soldiers pointed a finger of blame at the army leadership saying ‘they are eating blood money.’ Reacting to the accusations…

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Foroyaa Has Cautioned For Containment Of Diabugu Incident

Mahamadou Ceesay of Garawol is dead. The nation should stop trivialising the very basis of its unity and cohesion as a nation. There can be no multi ethnic republic without building sovereign citizens. At this very moment there is a wave throughout West Africa against traditional slavery. It is an undercurrent which if uncontained would create civil strife within ethnic groups. This is why when the incident occurred in Diabugu this paper called on those who are familiar with international law and the republican constitution within the Sarehule speaking community…

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Is The Government Going To Publish The Reports Of The Committees And Commissions Of Inquiry?

QUESTION OF THE DAY Transparency requires for government to publish reports of committees and commissions of inquiry so that the people will not assume what is reported and recommended. In a court of law the public is entitled to hear the judgments and those who are involved have the right to copies of the judgments. If justice is to be done and seen to be done the public is entitled to witness proceedings and hear judgments. Hence it is prudent for the government to publish its reports so that whatever…

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Gambia Army Denies Sexual Abuse of Female Soldiers

By Lamin Njie The Gambia Armed Forces has vehemently denied claims of some high-ranking officers sexually harassing female soldiers. Reports have on Friday emerged of some senior officers of the army coercing junior female soldiers into sexual relationships. The flatly inappropriate behaviour is said to be particularly common among the army’s peacekeeping missions abroad. Reacting to the sexual harassment claims on Friday, the spokesman of the Gambia Armed Forces Lieutenant Colonel Omar Bojang told The Fatu Network “this is first time we’re hearing about it.” The army colonel said: “I…

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Violent Caste Scuffle Leaves One Dead In Garawol

By Lamin Fatty, URR Correspondent                                                 Reliable information received by this medium, report of yet another caste scuffle in Garawol, in the Upper River Region (URR) on Wednesday, November 14th 2018, leaving one Mahamadou Ceesay dead. The report alleged that Mahamadou was stabbed to death by one Billaly Conteh with a knife in the stomach; that the alleged stabber has fled and is nowhere to be seen.  CAUSES…

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ON THE CRC TRAIL: ‘Local Languages Should Be Introduced In National Assembly’

By Yankuba Jallow The Constitutional Review Commission continues to meet Gambians and to get their views on the proposed new Constitution. In Buduk and Kaur in the Central River Region (CRR), the people unanimously insisted that the new Constitution should make provision for the local languages of the country, to be introduced as the means of communication between members. “Our National Assembly members should use our local languages when speaking at the National Assembly. They went there to represent us. So we have the right to hear all that they say on our…

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