Gambia closes pro-opposition newspaper

Gambia closes pro-opposition newspaper

Gambian authorities have shutdown the country’s oldest newspaper professedly belonging to its defeated iron-fist ruler, Yahya Jammeh.

According to the Gambia Revenue Authority, The Daily Observer Newspaper owes at least D17 million dalasis ($425,000 dollars) in taxes.

Revenue officers entered the newspaper’s office outside the capital, Banjul and ordered them to cease operation.

The paper carried propaganda for Jammeh during his 22-year rule of the West African state and continued to support his APRC after he fled to Equatorial Guinea.

The founder of the paper, Liberian-born Kenneth Best was expelled from the country by Jammeh’s military regime.

Businessman Amadou Samba reportedly bought the company from Mr. Best in 1999.

Gambian authorities have seized Jammeh’s domestic assets. The seizure affected companies associated to Jammeh but the Daily Observer was spared.

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