27 August 2003


MISA and MFWA call for reopening of Citizen FM radio station

Incident details

Baboucar M. Gaye, Ebrima Sillah

(MISA/IFEX) - The following is a joint MISA-MFWA alert:

MISA and the MFWA are gravely concerned about the continued illegal and arbitrary closure of Citizen FM radio station in Banjul, The Gambia.

For more than two years, the government of President Yahya Jammeh has stopped Citizen FM from broadcasting on a false claim that the station's owner, Baboucar M. Gaye, has not paid his taxes and licence fees. MISA and MFWA believe this accusation to be a blatant fabrication. Citizen FM has not been charged in court, nor has it been ordered by any court to cease broadcasting based on the authorities' accusations.

It appears the President's Office has determined to stop this particular station for motives that are unclear. Citizen FM and its owner have been harassed and attacked with impunity since the station was established.


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