Gambia’s Revenue Authority Orders Observer Newspaper Closure for Tax Default

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: One of Gambia’s major daily newspaper, Daily Observer has been ordered by the country’s revenue authority yesterday to cease operation after it defaulted in tax accumulating to over 20 million dalasi.
The Gambia Revenue Authority enforcement team arrived at the Observer at around 15:00 this afternoon and ordered t he staff to leave. “We are in office when the GRA enforcement team arrived and ordered us to immediately cease operation and go home,” an editor at the newspaper was quoted as saying.
The daily newspaper’s closure was believed to be in connection with their failure to settle their taxes for decades.
Over ninety staff working at the Observer are now redundant with no other alternative yet.
The newspaper was established in 1992 by Kenneth Best, a Liberian as an independent newspaper but with the coming of former President Yahya Jammeh’s 1994 coup of Dawda Jawara, he ordered for Mr. Best’s arrest and subsequent deportation. The paper then become a pro-goventment, remaining Jammeh’s staunch propagandist.

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