Ebrima Manneh

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Ebrima Manneh
Ebrima Manneh.jpg
Nationality Gambian
Occupation Journalist
Organization Daily Observer
Known for 2006 disappearance
Awards Amnesty International Special Award for journalism under threat (2009)

Ebrima Manneh is a Gambian journalist believed by human rights organizations to have been arrested in July 2006 and secretly held in custody since then.[1]

A Daily Observer reporter, Manneh was reportedly arrested by state security after attempting to republish a BBC report criticizing President Yahya Jammeh shortly before an African Union meeting in Banjul;[1] his arrest was witnessed by coworkers.[1] Though ordered to release Manneh by an Economic Community Of West African States court, the Gambian government has denied that Manneh is imprisoned.[2] According to AFP, an unnamed police source confirmed Manneh's arrest in April 2009, but added he believed Manneh "is no longer alive".[2]

In June 2009, Manneh received the Special Award for journalism under threat from Amnesty International.[3] Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience and named him a 2011 "priority case".[4] The Committee to Protect Journalists has also called for his release and demanded that authorities account for his disappearance.[1] The Committee described his arrest as part of "a climate of fear created by the unsolved murder of prominent Gambian editor Deyda Hydara, a series of unsolved arsons of media houses, and a pattern of government intimidation and prosecution of journalists."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Gambia must account for missing journalist Ebrima Manneh". Committee to Protect Journalists. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Missing Gambia journalist is dead: police". AFP. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Special Award for Chief Manneh AllAfrica.com
  4. ^ "Ebrima Manneh". Amnesty International. Retrieved 17 April 2011.