The Gambia: Community radio station back on air after being forced to stop broadcasting

| January 12, 2015

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After ordering Taranga FM to stop operating, Gambian authorities are allowing the station to resume operations with the condition that they broadcast only music. The order to close was part of a clampdown following the attempted coup d’état on December 30.

Taranga FM is a community radio in the village of Sinchu Alhagie in the West Coast Region, and is one of the few radio stations in the country that provides information to local communities. The station was previously ransacked and ordered to stop operating for a month in January 2011, after only two years of operation.

Fatou Jagne Senghor is the West Africa regional director of ARTICLE 19, an international NGO that focuses on the right to free expression. Referring to the closure, she said, “This closure of Teranga FM’s operations is another sign of intolerance to media freedom … We call on the Gambian authorities to respect the rights of citizens to information while carrying [out] their investigations.”

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