DODOU SANNEH OF GRTS DETAINED By Sarjo Camara Singateh and Baboucarr Ceesay
Mr. Dodou Sanneh, a journalist with the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) alias Magadou was arrested by the NIA on Friday, 7th September 2006. Sources close to the GRTS said that Dodou was covering the UDP rallies in the Kombos and later proceeded to the North Bank Division with the aforesaid party where he was re-called and replaced by Pierre Sylva.
Sources indicate that Dodou was seen on Friday morning when he left for work; that they were baffled by the news of Dodou Sanneh's arrest. Sources further stated that Dodou came to work on that faithful Friday; that the NIA left a message while Dodou was yet to arrive at work; that upon arrival he was told to report to the NIA and he did so.
Sources told this paper that Dodou was seen at the NIA and he is in a good condition of health. According to a source, efforts to gather details about the whereabouts of Dodou Sanneh from his employers proved futile. Meanwhile a press release issued by press freedom organization, Reporters without Borders (RSF) stated: "Sanneh seems to have been arrested for not being sufficiently servile towards the country's current rulers. If the African Union does not at the very least ask Jammeh to respect all the treaties and charters he has signed, it will never again be able speak out about rigged election anywhere in the continent."
Dodou was a renowned DJ at Radio Syd and later moved to the West Coast Radio. He is the newly elected Secretary General of the Society for the Development of the Media in Africa (SODEMA).
Who gives this regime the power to fire and detain individuals for doing their jobs? This is outrageous! I certainly hope that every sound Gambian opens their eyes and realize that it is time to send this regime packing. Enough is enough!
Justice must be served as impunity brings more repression and corruption!