2 radio stations shut down

Two private radio stations, Taranga FM and Hill Top, have been ordered to go off air yesterday, Gambia Press Union source told The Standard.

The source, who spoke to the management of Taranga FM, said no reasons have been advanced for this latest closure of the radio which has seen several closures in its history.
In a similar development, Afri-radio, a popular radio operated by the GSM provider Africell on 107.6 has been asked to stop normal programming over the weekend, senor officials there confirmed to The Standard.

According to our sources the order was given by people believed to be state agents who visited the station and ordered for it to be taken off air. Our sources added that the men enquired the whereabouts of a presenter one Tunko Sanneh who they accused of opening the airwaves for people to discuss issues surrounding President-elect Barrow’s inauguration.

Mr Sanneh could not be reached but a senor official said the allegations of such are highly unlikely because the radio has a cardinal principle of not touching political matters. Meanwhile the station continues broadcasting music and commercial only.

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