Gambia shuts down radio station after palace attack

Cars drive past a campaign poster of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh in the capital city of Banjul, on November 22, 2011Authorities in Gambia ordered the closure of a popular radio station as part of a crackdown following a failed attack on the presidential palace, a source close to the government said Sunday. Security agents ordered the manager of Teranga radio station, Alagie Ceesay, “to stop broadcasting with immediate effect”, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Analysts had warned that President Yahya Jammeh, who has been accused of widespread human rights violations during his 20 year rule, could use Tuesday’s attack on State House in Banjul as justification for stifling dissent.

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