Authorities in The Gambia closed a fourth radio station as the situation in the country worsens ahead of Tuesday’s Supreme Court hearing on a petition filed by the outgoing President Yahya Jammeh.
Private radio network Paradise FM was taken off air after hosting the spokesperson of the opposition coalition that won last month’s elections Halifa Sallah, and the propaganda secretary of the defeated ruling APRC party Yankuba Colley.
Terenga FM, Hilltop Radio, and AfriRadio were ordered off air on New Year’s day. Terenga and Hilltop radios remain close.
Paradise FM parent company Mediamatics have conducted several interviews with senior members of the opposition coalition that were made available on its YouTube channel.
President Yahya Jammeh is faced with strong local resistance and international condemnation to step down ahead of a January 18 deadline for him to hand over to the president-elect, Adama Barrow.
West African leaders are still pursuing mediation to ensure a peaceful transfer of power in Gambia where President Yahya Jammeh refused to accept defeat.
Jammeh, a former coup leader who has ruled the country for 22 years, initially accepted his defeat by Adama Barrow in the December 1 election. But a week later, he reversed his position, refusing to relinquish power.