Gambia lifts ban on radio station, newspaper
BANJUL, Gambia (AFP) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has lifted a ban on one of the country's leading newspapers and a radio station "as a goodwill gesture for the New Year", according to his office.
Officials from the feared National Intelligence Agency (NIA) stormed the premises of community station Teranga FM and private daily The Standard ordered them shut down in August and September 2012.
"The office of the president is pleased to inform the general public that the ban on Standard newspaper and Teranga FM has been lifted with immediate effect as a goodwill gesture for the New Year," the presidency said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Established in 2009, Teranga had been carrying pick-ups from local newspapers in the main Gambian local languages, generating a lot of attention from the mainly illiterate public.