FacebookInstagramTwitterContact

 

BORNEO HOUSING AGENCY: Terrace House in Bengkurong (B$190K, Property Chinese Owned) • Industrial Warehouse in Menglait, Gadong for Rent • Shop house in Gadong (Ground Floor) for Rent • Industrial Shops in Bunut for Sale • Land in Jerudong for Sale • Shop house in Kiulap for Sale (44 years lease, approx 5,000.00 per month rental) • Chempaka Terrace House for Rent (3 bedrooms, B$700.00 per month) • Shop house in Kiarong for Sale (B$380.00) • TEL: +6738732975, +6738839007           >>           Fully furnished office space for rent at Regus Brunei. Call +673-886-2879 or go to www.regus.com.bn           >>           Private Company Urgently Need Houses & Flats for Rent in Bandar Seri Begawan, Kindly Contact the ff. nos. for further information: 242-7623/+673 883-9007           >>           HAPPY EID MUBARAK "Wishing you prosperity and peace on this holy occasion of EID MUBARAK"           >>           Malaysia won't respect Myanmar too much in SEA Games clash – Ifwat           >>           New signings and video review help Bayern win Bundesliga opener           >>           Tottenham Seal Club-Record Signing Of Ajax Defender Davinson Sanchez           >>           Premier League favourites Chelsea have no excuses this season – Mou           >>           Memphis Depay Says Premier League Struggles Made Him 'Grow Up'           >>           Google Countdown Teases Android O Reveal During Solar Eclipse           >>           Trump Announces He’s Elevating The Role Of US Cyber Command           >>           USA Today Teams With Instagram To Livestream The Solar Eclipse           >>           Google Mobile Search Shows 6-Second Video Previews           >>           Chickens Use High-Vis Jackets To Cross The Road And Get To The Other Side           >>          

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE




REACH US


GENERAL INQUIRY

[email protected]

 

ADVERTISING

[email protected]

 

PRESS RELEASE

[email protected]

 

HOTLINE

+673 222-0178 [Office Hour]

+673 223-6740 [Fax]

 



Upcoming Events


UK Higher Education Fair
August 23rd, 2017 | 14:00 PM


British Council Pre- Departure Briefing
August 25th, 2017 | 15:00 PM


Land Rover Experience
August 25th, 2017 | 15:00 PM





Prayer Times


The prayer times for Brunei-Muara and Temburong districts. For Tutong add 1 minute and for Belait add 3 minutes.


Imsak

: 04:47AM

Subuh

: 04:57AM

Syuruk

: 06:16AM

Doha

: 06:39AM

Zohor

: 12:25PM

Asar

: 03:39PM

Maghrib

: 06:32PM

Isyak

: 07:43PM

 



The Business Directory


 

 



Africa


  Home > Africa


Gambian Authorities Shut Three Radio Stations amid Post-Election Crisis


Gambian President Yahya Jammeh holds a copy of the Quran while speaking to a poll worker at a polling station during the presidential election in Banjul, Gambia, December 1, 2016. | PHOTO: REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

 


 January 3rd, 2017  |  07:41 AM  |   1129 views

DAKAR

 

Gambian security agents closed three private radio stations near the capital, Banjul, amid an escalating political crisis triggered by President Yahya Jammeh's refusal to accept his election defeat.

 

Jammeh, who seized power in a 1994 coup, initially conceded defeat to opposition rival Adama Barrow in the Dec. 1 vote, but then called for a fresh poll, drawing condemnation from local opponents and foreign powers.

 

The veteran leaders' refusal to step down has opened up the possibility of a military intervention by West African forces after the ECOWAS body said it was putting military forces on alert. Jammeh called that a "declaration of war".

 

Emil Touray, head of the Gambia Press Union, said Teranga FM and Hilltop Radio were closed on Sunday, while an employee at Afri Radio, owned by Gambian phone company Africell, said its headquarters was shut down by four intelligence agents and a police officer on the same day.

 

A government spokesman initially said he could not confirm the closures and later did not answer his phone. Touray said he had no further details.

 

It was not immediately clear why the stations were targeted by Jammeh. The authorities may have taken aim at Afri Radio because the station announced details of Barrow's inauguration, planned for Jan. 19, the Afri Radio journalist said.

 

The media has come under regular attack during Jammeh's 22-year authoritarian rule, rights campaigners say, and he has often tried to control communications in the tiny country of 1.8 million. The internet was cut during election day, as were international phone calls.

 

Teranga FM, popular for its review of newspapers in the local wolof and mandinka languages, has been closed four times in recent years.

 

The station's managing director Alagie Ceesay was arrested in July, 2015, and charged with sedition. He was hospitalized twice in early 2016 while still in detention, Amnesty International said, and later fled to neighboring Senegal.

 

"It is a slap in the face of the country's democratic process," said Touray. "People will not have access to information in this critical period of our history."

 

Barrow's election victory was seen as a surprising triumph for democracy in Gambia, which gained independence from Britain in 1965 but has since had only two presidents. But the elation seen on the streets of Banjul in the days after Barrow's victory was quickly extinguished by Jammeh's defiant stance.

 

(Editing by Richard Lough)

 


 

Source:
courtesy of REUTERS

by Edward McAllister

 

If you have any stories or news that you would like to share with the global online community, please feel free to share it with us by contacting us directly at [email protected]

 

Related News


Gabungan To Organise Sabah’s Rights Convention

 2017-08-19 08:43:58

Deadly South Asia Floods Affect 16m People

 2017-08-19 08:55:32

Fed's Kaplan Says Immigration Key To U.S. Economy Beating China

 2017-08-19 09:15:46