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Independent radio station shut down in The Gambia

This statement was originally published on freedomhouse.org on 5 January 2015.

In response to Gambia shutting down of the independent Teranga radio station after a failed coup last week against President Yahya Jammeh, Freedom House issued the following statement:

"The Jammeh government should end its crackdown on freedom of expression in the Gambia," said Jenai Cox, program manager for Africa programs.

"The failed coup of December 23 does not justify an attempt to stifle dissent and limit access to information. The government should immediately allow the Teranga radio station to resume operations."

Gambia is rated Not Free in "Freedom in the World 2014", and Not Free in "Freedom of the Press 2014".

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