Gambia revokes Al-Jazeera permits for coverage of human interest stories

According to the Xinhua News Agency, the permits of a team ofAljazeera
Al-Jazeera journalists were on Tuesday revoked by Gambia’s Ministry of
Information and Communication.
“The team of Al-Jazeera journalists were in Banjul to film and report
on human interest stories but were later turned down by theauthorities,” the news agency reported. “They were asked to stop
filming or risk being arrested after the government annulled their
credentials,” they said.
Al-Jazeera correspondent Catherine Wambuo-Soi was quoted as saying,
“We have got approval from the government to travel to Banjul to do
some human interest stories, but unfortunately a day after our
arrival, we were told by our fixer that the government through the
ministry of information has asked us not to film anything or else risk
being arrested.”
The team is reported to have left Banjul via Dakar and is now in Nairobi, Kenya.
When Foroyaa got in touch with the Minister of Information and
Communication Technology, Sherrif Bojang, he promised that an official of the ministry
will get in touch with Foroyaa to clarify the issue but up to the time of going to
press, no such clarification was made. An official at the ministry had
earlier confirmed the revocation of the permit.