Gambia – Lamin Njie resigned as editor-in-chief of The Standard newspaper after he was asked by his employers to stop publishing articles that are critical of Gambian president Yahya Jammeh, a Freedom investigation has revealed.
According to our investigation, Sheriff Bojang, the proprietor of the paper, who is also the country’s information minister approached Njie on the issue.
“The boy ignored his boss’s warning because he did not want to destroy his reputation and that of the company,” our investigation revealed.
The investigation said after it became clear to Sheriff that the boy would not budge, he (Sheriff) decided to bring someone who would be watching over Njie.
“His name is Mam Sait Ceesay and he works at the Office of the President,” it revealed. “Njie thought he was being set up because the guy could have links with the NIA.”
Mam saitOur investigation added that Njie was also surprised that Sheriff could make such changes at the company without telling him first.
Lamin Njie is the former editor of The Standard Newspaper in Gambia. He disengaged with the paper on January 6, 2016, after being in the job for almost a year. He is the nephew of a female former military officer Mama Njie who was sacked by Yahya in July 2010. Mama was a major in the army and was close to Yahya. One of our sources said she was sacked after her colleagues in the army reported her to Jammeh that she was not dedicated to her work. But another source close to Freedom said Yahya sacked the senior military officer after she failed to salute his passing convoy.