EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Professional Standard Unit of The Gambia Police Force Wednesday opened investigation into EyeAfrica online TV cameraman who was allegedly assaulted by the police.
Bubacarr Manga was allegedly slapped by a member of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) on Sunday, while filming a meeting organized by a group of teachers who call themselves Teachers for Change at Abuko.
Gambia Press Union (GPU) leadership had called on the police Commissioner of Operations, Commander Landing Bojang, to formally express their condemnation of the act and to demand that the police high command launch an investigation into the matter.
Professional Standard Unit of the police, which is in charge of investigating malpractices of police personnel, has been instructed to launch an investigation.
As an entry point for the investigation, the alleged victim, Bubacarr Manga and the managing director of Eye Africa, Lamin Kanteh, Wednesday went to the police headquarters to give their own testimony.
GPU President Sheriff Bojang Jr, urged the police to make the investigation swift, thorough and impartial. “We will monitor the progress of the investigation closely and we won’t relent until there’s justice”.
There are already two pending cases of investigations of brutality against the media; an alleged assault by the former ruling APRC security and supporters on the GRTS news crew and an assault on Pa Modou Bojang, a Brikama-based journalist, who was mal-handled and allegedly beaten by men of the Police Intervention Unit.
So far, in all these cases, the police have not held anyone culpable, despite the promise by the IGP that investigations were open in each of these cases.