Paradise FM, a private radio station, in The Gambia has confirmed that the Ministry of Information has revoked its licenses to operate.

The move came barely 24 hours after the authorities ordered for its shut down as the sinking Yahya Jammeh government is all out on a major media crackdown as the political impasse heightens.

A one line letter signed by one Saul Njie of the Ministry of Information and Communication and Infrastructure addressed to the Management of the radio station, dated 9th January 2017 reads: “I am directed to inform you that your licence to operate has been revoked with immediate effect. Thanks for your cooperation”.

Earlier, all three other radio stations namely Taranga FM, Hiltop FM, Afriradio FM where all ordered to seize operation as the political drama in the country intensifies. It is though not confirmed if they equally have their licence been revoke.