Weirdly, I censor intern after dismissing the news desk (10)
I believe the answer is:
'desk' is the definition.
(I know that escritoire is a type of writing table)
I don't understand the rest of the clue.
Can you help me to learn more?
(Other definitions for escritoire that I've seen before include "Writing desk" , "Support for author" , "Furniture item" .)