Al-Jazeera crew has become the latest casualty of President Yahya Jammeh’s betrayal. The Qatari-based tv crew was in The Gambia for an approved government assignment only to have their permits revoked by the West African country’s Ministry of Information and Communication, which issued the permits.
“The team of Al-Jazeera journalists were in Banjul to film and report on human interest stories but were later turned down by the authorities,” sources told Xinhua.
Al-Jazeera team was asked to stop filming or risk being arrested after the government annulled their credentials.
The Gambia’s permit issuing ministry said Al-Jazeera team was not allowed to film until further authorisation was granted by Gambian President was on vacation in his home village of Kanilai.
No reasons were advanced for the annulment of permits. Al-Jazeera team quickly left for Kenya via Dakar.
Al-Jazeera correspondent was scheduled to interview President Jammeh on many important issues, including migration of Gambian youths and his so-called HIV treatment program. President Jammeh perhaps fears the backlash resulting from an interview with Catherine Wambuo-Soi.
“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,” Catherine Wambuo-Soi told Xinhua.