Saturday, September 15, 2012

Gambian Newspaper Ordered To Cease Publication

Madi MK Ceesay, Publisher of The Daily News
Authorities in the Gambia have today ordered the closure of an independent newspaper, the Daily News.

According to reports reaching JollofNews, three plainclothes officers walked into the newspaper’s offices on 65 Kombo Sillah Drive, Churchills Town, Serrekunda, before noon and ordered journalists working on their next Monday’s edition to down their pens.

The men said they were instructed by the Office of the President to shutdown the paper.

However, the newspaper has refused to comply with the order. Lamin Njie, the paper’s editor–in-chief told Madi Ceesay Gambia Dispatch that they will continue to defy the order.

“We are already working on our Monday edition,” he said.

The Daily News was established in April 2009 by Madi Ceesay, an award winning Gambian journalist. Prior to setting up the paper, Mr Ceesay was editor of the Daily News and Report Magazine and the now closed Independent Newspaper.

Meanwhile, there are unconfirmed reports that the Standard Newspaper which is edited by Sheriff Bojang has also been ordered to cease publication.

Source: JollofNews

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