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
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 1896.
In 1922 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. Jones.
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 The
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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