Refugee hopes to spark free press in Gambia

Refugee hopes to spark free press in Gambia

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The founder and executive director of a Rhode Island refugee organization says he's planning to start a newspaper in the West African country he fled a decade ago.

Omar Bah says he plans to launch a private, independent newspaper in Gambia that will be an alternative to government-controlled media there.

Bah is a former Gambian journalist. He says he fled the country in 2006 after being beaten, kicked and tortured while trying to cover a secret trial. He arrived in Rhode Island in 2007. He directs the Providence-based Refugee Dream Center.

Bah announced his plans in a First Amendment blog run by Roger Williams University.

He says he's motivated by a government crisis involving Gambia's longtime ruler, President Yahya Jammeh, who lost a Dec. 1 election but hasn't accepted defeat.

Updated : 2021-04-15 01:27 GMT+08:00