His video on his recent arrest and detention by the police garnered more than 100,000 views –Facebook and YouTube combined. On Facebook, where it was broadcast live, it managed to get 40,000 views in less than 24 hours.
It seems Pa Modou Bojang, who entered journalism in the late 1990s, is now The Gambia’s most famous journalist. He racked up thousands of followers since his return to the country from exile in England.
Described by his fans as the “poor people’s journalist”, the Brikama-born was arrested during the recent unrest in Faraba, where two young men were shot and killed by police while protesting against a sand mining company in their village.
According to Pa Modou, his recording devices were seized and he was tortured and detained for several hours at the Brikama Police Station.
Both the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Gambian Press Union (GPU) condemned his arrest and asked for an immediate investigation.
In a press release, they revealed that the famous journalist “was brutally assaulted, manhandled and later arrested by the members of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU).”
The GPU Secretary-General, Saikou Jammeh, said: “Enough is enough. These attacks are a step backwards for press freedom in The Gambia. We will take all measures appropriate and necessary to ensure that the perpetrators of this attack face justice and the journalist is rewarded for damages”
Who’s Pa Modou?
He is from an influential Brikama family and has been engaged in all forms of media throughout his adult life. This includes being a DJ, writer and finally an online talk show host.