Gambia: Gambian authorities close Daily Observer newspaper

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambia’s judicial and tax authorities have shut down the Daily Observer Newspaper, PANA reported on Thursday.

According to sources, officials of the Gambia Revenue Authority and the Sheriff Division of the High Court in Banjul on Wednesday, 23 August, ordered for the closure of the newspaper company over unpaid tax arrears.

This is the second time in less than three months that the newspaper company has been shut down for failing to meet its tax obligation to the state, resulting to tax arrears of more than 17 million Gambian Dalasis, (exchange rates, US$1 equals to  D47).

In June 2017, the paper was ordered to close down by tax authorities who complained about the tax arrears and also questioned the real owner of the newspaper.

After a couple of weeks, the paper was allowed to resume operations and was placed under the management of an independent accounting firm.

Sources said the Daily Observer is said to be owned by former President Yahya Jammeh and has not been paying taxex for over a decade.
-0- PANA MLJ/VAO 24Aug2017

24 août 2017 14:13:28

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