By: Jallow Yerro N.,
GPU in Solidarity with Kerr Fatou But………….
I am not in support of OJ neither Kerr Fatou, however, OJ has every right to challenge the issue of fertilizer scandal in court if enough evidence cannot be produced. One cannot slander by deformation of someone’s character in the name of press freedom. How many insults OJ received on social media, Let us be fair to man and the best thing kerr fatou should have done is to withdraw the publication and apologies to OJ if they cannot produce enough evidence. The Law is here for everybody. Goto court in solidarity but the law must take it course. The court shall decide who is right. Gambia Press Union has every reason to stand by any journalist in any case but I believed the right of the victim should also be respected as well.
OJ is a politician and a private citizen and he has every right to seek redress in court. He has no authority neither holding any influential position in government. Intact what is even more worrying and unfair is that some guys are dramatizing the civil suit referring it to as an attack on the press. What attack are they talking about! My question is, Can a journalist defame anyone without the person seeking redress in court? Now that we are in a democratic state, we should be careful as journalists in the way we defend our colleagues especially when it involved private citizens.I wouldn’t have made this comments if OJ was still a minister or holding a top position in government then guys can say its attack on Press freedom.GPU should be careful or else they might lost the battle. Let just guide our actions towards the common good.