EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: A onetime exiled Gambian journalist and former reporter of British Broadcasting Corporation has censored a prime time weekly television programme Kerr Fatu for the third time since it started in 2017.
In a move that was widely suspected to be politically motivated, Ebrima Sillah reportedly told the lead producer of the programme, Fatou Touray, that he would not air their Thursday show because it did not feature all the mayoral aspirants of the Kanifing Municipality.
The show which was supposed to be aired yesterday was cancelled and sources close to Kerr Fatou told Eye Africa that DG Sillah called the lady explaining they will not air the programme because it did not feature the United Democratic Party’s candidate, Talibeh Bensouda, on it.
The show did not also feature the APRC candidate, Rambo Jatta. The Kerr Fatu host Fatou Touray neither confirmed nor denied the story when contacted for comment.
However, sources said Touray has contacted Talibeh Bensouda and Rambo Jatta but none of them appeared for the interview.
Sillah has taken over the leadership of the state broadcaster from Malick Jones, a man he has criticized for censoring divergent views and dissenting opinions.
Sillah, who is widely criticized to be an executive member of the United Democratic Party, told journalist in an interview barely a month into the job that the state broadcaster would feature divergent views and dissenting opinions.
However, he has since been accused of often allowing his political leanings interfere with his job.