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.