Former Managing Director of Gambian newspaper appears in court

Monday, April 7, 2008

The former managing director of the Gambian newspaper, The Daily Observer, Dr. Saja Taal, testified today in Banjul Magistrates’ Court as part of the trial of Mam Sait Ceesay, who was formerly the State House Press Officer in Gambia.

Taal said in court that he knew Mam Sait Ceesay. “I used to work at the Daily Observer as Managing Director up to November 2007. I know the accused," he said. He continued by describing his former job at the observer. "My Job entailed the management of the paper, both financial management, personnel management and also the content. The Managing Director is responsible for the publication of all stories," he said.

Ceesay has been charged with "false publication". He has pleaded not guilty to this charge.