De West

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De West is one of the two main newspapers of Suriname.

De West was founded in 1892, and in its early years was a conservative paper that had a somewhat antagonistic rivalry with the left-leaning Suriname, the other leading newspaper in what was then the Dutch colony of Suriname.[1]

The paper was forced to close in the early 1980s following a coup led by Dési Bouterse, but was allowed to reopen in 1984, although still under some government censorship.[2] As of 2002, it is the second-largest paper by circulation in Suriname, after de Ware Tijd, and takes an independent political stance.[3]


  1. ^ Rudolf Asveer Jacob van Lier (1971). Frontier Society: A Social Analysis of the History of Surinam. Martinus Nijhoof. p. 332. 
  2. ^ Gary Brana-Shute (1986). "Back to the Barracks? Five Years 'Revo' in Suriname". Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs 28 (1): 93–121. doi:10.2307/165737. JSTOR 165737. 
  3. ^ "Suriname: Transport and communications". Economist Intelligence Unit. November 5, 2002. 

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