Author: Yusef Taylor

Yusef Taylor, commonly known as Flex Dan is an editor and practising journalist based in the Gambia with a keen interest in human rights, the economy and good governance among many others. He continues to break news on the economy, human rights violations and is highly engaged in security sector reforms, constitutional reform and the transition of the Gambia from dictatorship to a democracy, the NewGambia. Yusef has been working with Gainako as a media practitioner from 2015 to date. He has a degree in Civil Engineering with 5 years of Design Consultancy experience.

By IGF Gambia to hold 6th National Internet Governance Forum The Gambia will hold the 6th annual Internet Governance Forum the event is being organized through a multi-stakeholder National Steering Committee with a secretariat supported by the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors. “ The event will present a virtual dialogue to…

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Statement of United Democratic Party Leader Ousainou Darboe on the 23rd August 2020 on the 24th Anniversary of the Founding of the United Democratic Party. Today marks the 24th  anniversary of the founding of our great party  – The United Democratic Party (UDP). Unlike previous years when we would gather as crowds of comrades to celebrate and reflect on the enduring journey we have embarked on to build a Gambia that is as good as the diverse people that constitute it , the challenges of a raging pandemic requires that this year we commemorate the founding of the party differently.…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT First published on 24 August 2019 Many at times I am asked about the conflict of being an activist and a journalist. Are you an activist or a journalist they ask me? To some, the concoction of journalism and activism is like oil and water and journalists must observe the golden rule at all times “thou shall not mix the two”. It is a fact that journalists are supposed to be objective and not get caught up emotionally in the stories they are telling. So some see activism as an affront to the journalism profession. Others…

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The National Human Rights Commission, The Gambia PRESS RELEASE published on 17th August 2020 Urgent Government Action Needed to Address the Caste System in the Upper River Region and Other Parts of The Gambia. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is extremely concerned about the alleged fine, and in lieu banishment, imposed on one Musa Trawally by the Alkalo of Garawol Village in the Upper River Region (URR) for leading a congregational prayers on Tobaski Day, as reported on the Foroyaa Newspaper of 11 August 2020 with the caption ‘Man Ordered to Vacate Garawol After Leading Supposed Slave Class in…

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Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Gainako has just received disturbing news that Ebrima Sanneh who was allegedly tortured by Anti Crime Unit Commissioner (ACU) Gorgi Mboob back in July was ambushed in the evening of 18th August 2020. According to Mr Sanneh who was noticeably shaken by the alleged incident he was ambushed after leaving his friend’s house, popular rapper Sanna Singhateh, stage name ST Brikama Boyo. According to Mr Sanneh, he left ST’s house after praying around 7:30 in the evening when a vehicle overtook him and blocked his car on the SeneGambia – Turntable highway. According to him, five men…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia has suffered it’s worst week to date as 30 people died from the Coronavirus this week. A World Health Organisation (WHO) report issued on August 12th placed the Gambia top of the list of African countries with the highest percentage increase (85%) in the number of Coronavirus cases. The second worse African country registered an increase of 33% in Coronavirus cases, 52% less than The Gambia. WHO’s latest situation report for Africa states that “Gambia registered the highest percentage increase of 85% (799 to 1,477 cases) from 5 to 11 August 2020.” Coming in…

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