Tuesday, November 11, 2008

[Guinean news] Community radio station shut down

Radio Netherlands Worldwide's' Media Network blog reports that Conakry's Familia FM, has been shut down by the state media regulator. The National Communications Council (CNC) shut down the private community radio station for allegedly broadcasting information that could 'disturb the public peace.'

A reporter of the station said they did not receive written notice from the CNC, but they heard of the suspension on the national radio.

The station is now reportedly off the air.

RNW added: Familia FM is a popular private community radio station that specializes in social issues but has no rights to do any broadcasts other than news bulletins. [The Media Foundation for West Africa] says it is worried about the tendency of the CNC to order suspensions of the media in Guinea.

Guinea was the last country in West Africa to allow private broadcasters, after resisting such calls for over a decade.

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