National security agents in Gambia ordered popular radio station Teranga FM to cease operations for unspecified reasons according to a security source and staff members.
The station, which translates news from Gambian papers into local languages, has been silenced in the past, and its manager was charged with sedition and “publication of false news” in 2015 after privately sharing a photograph of President Yahya Jammeh.
A staff member who wished to remain anonymous said: “Four National Intelligence Agency operatives and one police officer in uniform came to the radio station this afternoon around 2.30 pm and told us to stop broadcasting.”
“They said they have been ordered by the director general of NIA, Yankuba Badjie, to tell us to stop broadcasting with immediate effect. We asked them the reason for their action, but they said they are only acting on executive orders and do not know the reason why the radio should stop broadcasting,” he added.
A security source said no one had been arrested but could not say why the radio station was ordered off the air.
“We only asked them to stop broadcasting and they cooperated with us. They have stopped broadcasting since in the afternoon,” the source noted.
The radio station was not broadcasting Sunday evening, according to a reporter.