Monday, 17 May 2010

[creative-radio] Gambia Government Accused Of Seizing Brikama Community Radio Station

Gambia Government Accused Of Seizing Brikama Community Radio

The Gambia Government has been accused of illegally seizing a Community
Radio belonging to the people of Brikama. The Yirriwa Radio station has been
seized by the Government of Yahya Jammeh. Pa Modou Bojang is a Gambian
journalist. Mr. Bojang used to be the main anchor of the Radio Yirriwa News
Hour Program. Bojang was forced into exile by the Government of Jammeh after
he suffered numerous persecution in the hands of the notorious National
Intelligence Agency, the NIA. To listen to the audio link of the
interview, please visit this link:

Audio Link

According Mr. Bojang after the forceful closure of the radio, the Jammeh
Government transformed the radio as its own personal property. He said the
likes of Imam Fatty, controversial the State House Imam and other Government
supporters are using the radio to glorify the country's dictator. He said
the owners of the raido were declared unwelcomed into the country, after he
Mr. Bojang was forced into exile.

Bojang said there is no free speech in The Gambia and that the country has
lost its past reputation as the smiling coast of West Africa. Bojang said
the country has been reduced to a "no go area" as journalists are thrown
into jail on a regular basis.

Mr. Bojang himself has been jailed on numerous times by the
Government—following what the Government deemed as his negative reportage of
the regime. His efforts to highlight the country's rights crisis was not
welcomed by the NIA, who visited him on numerous occasions at his office and

The Brikama Yirriwa Community radio was set up to help raise communities
awareness about happenings in the country—most importantly Government

Mr. Bojang's News Hour show centered on human rights, politics and other
social issues affecting the impoverished West African country. He
translates the English news segment of his show into local languages—with
the aim of educating the nation's illiterate population.

Having suffered untold persecution, he fled The Gambia. Mr. Bojang is now
residing in the UK. He left his family behind as he reflects on his dark
days as a journalist in The Gambia in this interview with Radio Freedom.

Posted on Monday, May 17, 2010 (Archive on Wednesday, June 30, 2010)
Posted by PNMBAI Contributed by PNMBAI

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