TERANGA FM SHUT DOWN, AGAIN
Ismaila Sisay, the proprietor of Teranga FM has told The Standard that agents of the National Intelligence Agency went to his radio station on Tuesday between 10pm and 11pm and ordered him to shut it down with immediate effect.
The owner of the privately-owned Sinchu Alagie-based radio station explained: “Some people came in three or four vehicles and ordered me to close the radio.
They identified themselves as officials of the National Intelligence Agency and that they were acting according to directives they were given.”
On what must have prompted the order to close his radio station this time round, Mr Sisay said: “I do not know. But I feel very bad about the closure of the radio. This will tarnish the image of our country and as a democratic nation there should be issues we must talk about.”
Last year the station was close down but reopened after about a month. Established in 2009, Teranga FM, unlike the many other private radio stations in town, has been reviewing local newspapers in local languages and hosting talk shows where politicians from the ruling party as well as the opposition have been debating topical local political issues.
On the next step he is going to take with regard to the closure of his paper, the 39-year old Sinchu Alagie native said, “I will engage the authorities [with a view to reopening the station].