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Demba Kandeh

A Gambian journalist and blogger. Has worked in The Gambia's ‘difficult’ media environment since 2007. Passionate about the intersection between Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and politics, locally and globally.

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Gambian University Instructor Detained for Newspaper Interview, Then Released

"We voted for a change of SYSTEM. NOT JUST a President."

Gambians Fear President Jammeh Is ‘Putting the Lives of Citizens at Risk’ With His Rejection of Election Results

In a televised address Jammeh criticised the electoral commission and proposed fresh elections to be organised by "God-fearing" people.

Gambia Shocks the World With Peaceful Presidential Polls, Opposition Wins

The presidential election results and consequent concession of Yahya Jammeh came as a pleasant surprise to many Gambians -- and the rest of the world.

Polls Open Amid Communications Blackout in The Gambia

The Gambia has shut off all external communications as citizens cast their votes in the country's presidential elections, by blocking both the internet and international phone calls.

The Hotly Contested Gambian Presidential Race Enters Its Final Stretch

In the run up to the elections, there have been anti-government political protests, mostly in the Greater Banjul Area.

Fear of Justice? Decolonisation? Gambians Speculate About Country's Wish to Quit International Criminal Court

"Breaking!! #Gambia withdraws from ICC. This follows the dictator's fear that his ex Interior Minister will incriminate him to gain asylum"

Gambian Protesters Allege Police Used Live Ammunition During Bloody Crackdown

The protests were part of an unprecedented movement in the Gambia calling for electoral reforms and the resignation of longtime President Yahya Jammeh.

Something Unprecedented Is Happening in The Gambia and You Probably Have No Idea

Last month witnessed an unprecedented uprising in the tiny West African nation of The Gambia. The protests haven't garnered much attention internationally, but Global Voices has been watching.

Pressure Mounts on Gambia’s President Over Worsening Human Rights Situation

Unhappiness at President Jammeh's 22-year rule is growing every day and the opposition is under huge pressure.

One Gambian Journalist's Story of Persecution

Alaghie Jobe lives in exile in Senegal, fearful that at any moment he could be sought out and detained by the Gambian authorities. His crime: practising journalism in The Gambia.

The Gambia Commemorates 51 Years of Independence, But Not Everyone Is Celebrating

The Gambia celebrated 51 years of independence from Great Britain on February 18, 2016, more than half a century after becoming Africa's 37th sovereign state.

Signs of Islamic Law Taking Root in The Gambia

President Yahya Jammeh said his country will be an Islamic state last year. What changes will 2016 bring?

The Gambia Turns Talk Into Action, Passes Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Bill

After President Jammeh announced an executive ban on the practice hardly a month ago, lawmakers made good on the sentiment.

Gambia's President Bans Female Genital Mutilation, but There's Still Much Work to Be Done

"Lost in all the celebrations...is the fact that FGM is not banned in The Gambia, at least not yet. There is no enforceable law on the books"

On Net Freedom Report in Africa, The Gambia Scores Poorly

The Gambia, the tiny West African state, is the second worst when it comes to internet freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Disappeared Gambian Journalist Slammed With Sedition Charge

"It seems the whole nation is behind bars," wrote one Facebook user on the disappearances of multiple journalists in The Gambia. Although facing charges, Abdoulie Ceesay's whereabouts remain unknown.

The Gambia's Increasingly Isolated President Frees Almost All Prisoners

Yahya Jammeh has pardoned all convicts between 1994 and 2013 in celebration of 21st anniversary of his toppling of the democratically elected President Dawda Kairaba Jawara on 22nd July 1994.

God Sets Term Limits, Not the Constitution, Says Longtime Gambian President Jammeh

Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh opposes presidential term limits. He believes God decides term limits and if God is willing, he may rule The Gambia for "one billion years."

Region-wide Presidential Term Limits for West Africa? Not So Fast.

West African leaders have dropped the idea of instituting a two-presidential-term limit across the region, thanks to the opposition of Gambia and Togo, the only member states without term limits.

Fifteen Years After Shootings, No Justice for Gambian Students

Fifteen years after security officers killed over a dozen students, a journalist and red cross volunteer, Gambians are still asking for justice.

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