|Daily News Reporter, Jallow has charges dropped|
(Senegambianews) Criminal defamation charges against The Daily News reporter Mamadou S. Jallow have been dropped, sources familiar with the case have said.
Jallow was charged with criminal defamation for allegedly defaming Mamadou Lamin Baldeh, a local chief in the western part of The Gambia.
However, credible sources have said Jallow was called on 5 February by the Deputy Governor of CRR and informed him of the development.
According to the Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), the journalist's charges stemmed from an article headlined: “Presidential Hajj Package Scandal Chief Baldeh Allegedly Bribes Lover”, which appeared on the front-page of the newspaper on January 4, 2012.
In the article, MFWA says, Boto Fatojo, a rice farmer who was together detained with Jallow accused Chief Baldeh of giving his Hajj ticket (a sponsorship from President Yahya Jammeh to embark on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia), to his lover.
“I was informed before hand that a Hajj ticket was sent to me to go to Mecca, but the chief took it and gave it out to his lover,” alleged Boto.