There are over a dozen mass media institutions in
the Gambia from broadcasters
to the privately owned newspapers which are The
Standard, and the Gambia Daily. The News and
Report is a weekly magazine.
The press has covered the presidential and National Assembly
elections of the second Republic and all local government elections.
Under British colonial rule in the 19th century the Bathurst Times was
established in 1871 and closed down in 1874. The Bathurst
Observer and the West African Gazette started in 1883 and ceased in
1888 while the Gambia Intelligencer was founded
Edward Francis Small established a newspaper called the
Outlook focusing on issues that addressed subjects relevant to national and workers interest and fighting for the struggle for
In the early 50's The Vanguard newspaper was set up which was edited by the late M.B.
William Charles Dixon Colley, a renown Gambian journalist, started
press publication call The Nation in the early 60's to fight against
corruption in the former regime; The Torch, founded and edited by Sanna
Manneh; The Echo, The New Gambia founded by Ba M. Trewally and
Africa Nyaato come into being. Sam Sarr, Halifa Sallah and Sedia
Jatta set up Foroyaa Newspaper around 1979; in 1990 the
Daily Observer came into being, established by Kenneth Y. Best, from
Liberia followed by
Point Newspaper in 1991 jointly own by Pap
Saine, Baboucarr Gaye and the late Deyda Hydara. The News and Report
magazine, edited by Swaebou Conateh, came into being in 1992. The
state owned Gambia Daily was set up in 1994. The Inquirer newspaper edited Musa S. Sheriff in 1999
and The Independent Newspaper edited by Baba Galleh Jallow in 1999.
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