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Taranga FM resumes broadcasting after 32 days off air

(MFWA/IFEX) - 18 February 2011 - Taranga FM, a privately-owned, local language radio station which was shut down on 13 January 2011, has reopened after the Gambian authorities issued a warning to the station's management to stop reviewing what they described as "opposition" newspapers.

The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) sources reported that the station is now back on the air without its popular "Xibari besbi" news and current affairs programme that reviewed newspapers in the Wolof language.

The sources said the government's directive was contained in a letter to the managers of the station and signed on behalf of H. M Tambedou, Secretary General of the office of President Yahya Jammeh.

"The letter advised Taranga FM (management) to desist from reviewing opposition-linked newspapers, which were alleged to be sponsored by foreign donors, and noted that the president has given the station a second chance," the sources said.

The sources added that the station can now only review news from the government-controlled Gambia Radio and Television Service (GRTS).

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