The Standard newspaper suspends publication

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The Standard newspaper, an independent private newspaper in The Gambia, has announced today that it is halting publication until April 1.

“The management and staff of XL Standard Company, the publishers of The Standard newspaper and The Standard online hereby inform our loyal readers and advertisers that with effect from tomorrow 1st March 2016, The Standard will be out of print until the 1st of April, 2016,” the company said in a statement.

Though it was not clear what specific reason prompted the management to completely stop publication, however, the statement explained that there were some “necessary restructuring” and “revamp” work to do.

Meanwhile, the manager of the company, Lamin Fatty, also announced his resignation earlier today.

Barely a month ago, the editor-in-chief of the paper, Lamin Njie, also resigned claiming he did it to protect his “professional integrity”.

Founded in 2010, The Standard was founded and edited by Sheriff Bojang Snr, a former editor-in-chief of the Daily Observer newspaper for a number of years.

However, Bojang quit his work at The Standard after President Jammeh appointed him minister of communication in early 2015.

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