New York, August 15, 2012--Gambian national
security agents summarily shut an independent
radio station early this morning without providing an explanation, according to
news reports. Authorities have censored Taranga FM at least twice before in retaliation
for its exclusive news review program, according to news reports.
of the Gambian National Intelligence Agency stormed Taranga
studios in Sinchu Alhagie village, southwest of Banjul, the capital, and forced
it off the air, according to news reports. The officials
also took the station's license as well as the contact information of its board
members, local journalists said. The officers told the station staff only that
they had received "directives from above," news reports said.