GPU: The safety of every Gambian journalist is our most important priority

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Posted by EYE Africa TV Online on Sunday, 23 September 2018

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Following a harassment on one of Eye Africa TV Cameraman by Gambia’s Police Intervention Unit (PIU) officers while he was filming a meeting organised by a group of teachers who call themselves Teachers for Change this morning at Abuko, The Gambia Press Union (GPU) says the safety of every Gambian journalist is its most important priority and it will always strive as a union to safeguard that.

Gambia Press Union (GPU) has just been informed that a journalist who serves as cameraman for Eye Africa online TV was earlier this afternoon assaulted by a member of the Police Intervention Unit while he was filming a meeting organized by a group of disgruntled teachers in Abuko.

Babucarr Manga was filming at the disgruntled teachers’ meeting when he was attacked by some PIU officers, beaten and causing him some injuries.

Teachers for Change is a group of Gambian teachers who have been organizing sit down-strikes in protest for salary increment and full payment of provincial and hardship allowances.

“We want to assure our colleagues that the GPU is following this case and will communicate its reaction/intervention as soon as we speak to the concerned journalist and his employer who witnessed the incident,” the press union Executive said this afternoon.

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