Independent Newspaper Under Armed Guard!
By Landing Badjie, Our National Correspondent

Independent Under Armed Guard

The compound that used to house the once popular bi-weekly Independent
newspaper is now literally turned to a security base and a forest.
The Independent newspaper was very vocal about the Jammeh administration but
the paper was closed down following the March 21 abortive military coup when
two of its staff, editor Musa Saidykhan and general manager, Madi Ceesay,
were picked up and detained at the NIA Headquarters  in Banjul for months.
Though, the government of The Gambia was yet to give reason(s) as to why The
Independent was  placed under armed siege and subsequently closed down by
the authorities in March of last year, commentators and observers link the
paper’s closure to articles it published shortly after the foiled March
21foiled military putsch.In one of those articles, it was stated that
‘President Jammeh is Richer than The Gambia”. The authorities are also
thought to have been irritated by the paper’s March 23 edition in which it
was reported that Mr. Samba Bah, a onetime NIA Director General was among
those who made attempt on the life of the Jammeh administration on March 21
of 2006.
Whatever the case may be , the Gambian authorities’ action to close down The
Independent is condemned by all lovers of free operation of the independent
media in the country.They blame the government of betraying the democratic
agenda.The authorities are accused of violating one of the articles of
democratic faith.
Be as it may, The Independent would continue to remain under armed guard and
a virtual wood so long the Gambian authorities prefer to maintain their
current stance. The Independent is owned by veteran Gambian journalists Baba Galleh Jallow and Alagi Yero Jallow who are currently residing in the United States.

Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 (Archive on Saturday, March 31, 2007)
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