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Dark clouds over The Gambia; Jammeh shuts 2 radio stations

By News Express on 02/01/2017

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Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh.
Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh.

Dark clouds lie overcast in The Gambia as the deadline for its long serving leader, Yahya Jammeh, to quit gets nearer.

There is so far no sign that he plans to go anywhere on 19 January as he appears to be digging in. The latest action by his government was the closure of two private radio stations, Teranga FM Radio and Hilltop Radio, based in Banjul.

The closure came amidst an escalating political crisis caused by President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept his election defeat, by real estate businessman Adama Barrow.

Jammeh, who seized power in a 1994 coup, initially conceded defeat to  Barrow but then called for fresh elections, drawing condemnation from local opponents and foreign powers.

The veteran leader’s refusal to step down has opened up the possibility of a military intervention by West African forces after the ECOWAS body said it was putting military forces on alert. Jammeh called that a “declaration of war”.

Teranga FM and Hilltop Radio were closed on Sunday, said Emil Touray, head of the Gambia Press Union. Teranga’s headquarters were shut down by a police officer and four members of the National Intelligence Agency, he said.

A government spokesman said he could not confirm the closures. Touray said he had no further details.

It was not immediately clear why the two stations were targeted by Jammeh, under whose 22-year authoritarian rule the media has come under regular attack, rights campaigners say.

Teranga FM, popular for its review of newspapers in the Wolof and Mandinka languages, has been closed four times in recent years.

The station’s managing director Alagie Ceesay was arrested in July, 2015, and charged with sedition. He was hospitalised twice in early 2016 while still in detention, Amnesty International said, and later fled to neighbouring Senegal.

“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.”

Barrow’s election victory was seen as a surprising triumph for democracy in Gambia, which gained independence from Britain in 1965 but has since had only two presidents. But the elation seen on the streets of Banjul in the days after Barrow’s victory was quickly extinguished by Jammeh’s defiant stance. (NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 02/01/2017 8:11:15 PM

 

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