Misunderstanding in Communication Delays Journalists’ Trial

By Kebba Jeffang

Magistrate Jacklin Nixon Hakim of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court yesterday, 13Two journalish October, 2014 adjourned the trial of the two journalists, namely Musa Sheriff, the Editor in Chief of the Voice Newspaper, and Sainey M.K. Marenah, freelance reporter, following an application made by the defence.

Lawyer Edward Singhatey, the counsel for the two journalists, applied for an adjournment of the matter due to communication misunderstanding between him and the clerk of one of the sister courts. The defence counsel told the court that they were misinformed by this particular court clerk who told him that the case was scheduled for Tuesday instead of Monday and that it is also before another magistrate.

At this juncture, the trial magistrate granted the application and adjourned the case to Tuesday, 14th October, 2014 (today) for continuation.

The particulars of offence for count one states that Messrs. Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marenah on the 6 December, 2013, in Banjul and diverse places conspired to cause misdemeanor among themselves to publish on the Voice Newspaper medium caption: “19 Green Youths Join the opposition UDP” dated 6 December 2013, and thereby committed an offence.

On count two, the two journalists, are accused that on the 6 December, 2013 in Banjul and diverse places, whilst employed as Editor-in-chief and reporter respectively at the Voice Newspaper medium, have made a publication with the caption: “19 Green Youths Join the opposition UDP”, dated 6 December 2013, Vol 6 No 117 ISSN; 07961308, knowing or having reason to believe that the said publication was likely to cause fear to the public or disturb the public peace, and thereby committed an offence.