Police Shutdown Radios, Detain Journalists in anti-government protest

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: In a crackdown on the media, authorities in The Gambia have shut down two radio stations with several journalists arrested on Sunday.

The Gambia Press Union confirmed that King FM in Tallinding, and Home Digital FM in Brikama all been unlawfully shut by the police.
“Four journalists currently under custody, we do not know the whereabouts of Pa Modou Bojang, Manager of Home Digital FM but Gibbi Jallow, Manager of King FM and two of his staff are being held at Bundung Police Station”, Says Secretary General, Saikou Jammeh.

Kebba Camara, Assistant Manager for King FM told Eye Africa that police have not given any reason for the closure of the radio and detention of their radio manager.

Although “It is not a major surprise”, he said, having receive “a number of threats” from anonymous callers in the past.
Offices of the King FM, in Tallinding are currently occupied by personnel of the Police Intervention Unit who would not speak to any journalist.

This attack on journalists came in the wake of mass uprising on Sunday in which protesters called President Adama Barrow to step down in honour of the 2016 coalition agreement.

Eye Africa visited Brusubi Police Station Mr Bojang of Hope Digital FM Radio was reportedly detained but police there denied having him in custody.

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