Defeated Gambia dictator silences radios

media-gaggedFrom MOMODOU DIBBA in Banjul, Gambia
BANJUL, (CAJ News) – A crackdown on radio stations marks the beginning of repressive measures by dictator Yahya Jammeh to cling to power despite his stunning defeat in the recent presidential elections.
Three stations have been arbitrary closed stations by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) a fortnight before Jammeh must surrender power to President-elect Adama Barrow.
Despite initially conceding defeat, the long-time dictator has vowed not to cede the reins to his rival citing some irregularities in the poll.
NIA officers have meanwhile have ordered the closure of Hilltop Radio, Afri Radio and Teranga FM after the radio stations gave airtime to Barrow’s jubilant supporters after his declaration as the president.
“These arbitrary closures are extremely worrying days ahead of an important date for Gambian democracy. They are part of a broader climate of attacks on democratic freedoms,” Reporters Without Borders head, Virginie Dangles, said.
Jammeh, who is on RSF’s list of press freedom predators, has ruled since a coup in 1994.
His administration has been accused of violations of media.
The murder of correspondent Deyda Hydarain in 2004 remains unsolved while another journalist, Ebrimah Manneh, disappeared in detention in 2006.
Former Teranga manager Alagie Ceesay lives in hiding after persistent persecution.

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