Ghana: Editor of pro-government newspaper in Gambia quits

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Lamin Njie, editor-in-chief of the pro-government newspaper, The Standard, has resigned his position saying he has been pushed to take the action over "professional disagreement".

Njie confirmed his resignation to PANA, saying he handed his resignation letter to his employers on Wednesday.

PANA reports that The Standard newspaper is published by Gambian minister of information and communication infrastructure, Sheriff Bojang.

Njie said in his resignation letter, a copy of which was made available to PANA on Thursday: “I am writing to inform you that I am stepping down as editor of the paper with immediate effect.

“I want to place on record that my resignation has been pushed by professional disagreement. I felt the need to protect my reputation, editorial freedoms and independence.

“I leave at a time when my team and I, in my 10-month tenure, have done tremendously well for the paper. Landmark initiatives including the total upscaling of editorial content were being worked on by the young talent-driven editorial team.

“I leave with a sense of pride and satisfaction that I have consistently upheld basic journalistic values. I wish the paper well.”

Njie did not state details of the professional disagreements.
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07 january 2016 09:59:20

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