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Gambia shuts down anti-Jammeh radio stations

Gambia shuts down anti-Jammeh radio stations

Gambian security forces have closed down two private radio stations based near the capital, Banjul, amid an esca­lating political crisis caused by President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept his election defeat.
Teranga FM and Hilltop Radio were closed on Sunday, said Emil Touray, head of the Gambia Press Union, on Monday.
Teranga’s headquarters were shut down by a police officer and four members of the Na­tional Intelligence Agency, he said.
“It is a slap in the face of the country’s dem­ocratic process,” said Touray. “People will not have access to information in this critical pe­riod of our history.”
A government spokesman said he could not confirm the closures.
It was not immediately clear why the two stations were targeted by Jammeh, under whose 22-year rule the media has come un­der regular attack, rights campaigners say.

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