Daily Observer closed again

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Staff of Daily Observer newspaper have confirmed that the newspaper has been ordered to cease operations again by the Gambia Revenue Authority.

Yesterday, GRA officials together with officials from the Sheriff Division of the High Court in Banjul were escorted to the Daily Observer premises in Kanifing by personnel of Police Intervention Unit when they ordered the staff out and ceasation of publication.

“It has been shut down again,” the staff said. “This one came as a surprise to everyone at Observer because it happened at a time we are really working very hard to restore the company to its normalcy. In fact, already the government is in charge of everything, including the operations.” 

The paper was temporarily closed on 14 June 2017 for non-compliance with its tax obligations which accumulated to more than D17 million tax arrears.

It was opened two weeks after.

Barely two weeks after the reopening, the Ministry of Justice secured an order from the high court in Banjul to freeze the newspaper as part of the assets of former President Yahya Jammeh.

By this order, the government put the paper under the management of accounting firm, Augustus Prom, which is now in charge of the operations of the newspaper.