South Sudan suspends broadcast of UN-backed radio station
March 9, 2018 5:40 PM
New York, March 9, 2018--South Sudanese authorities should allow the UN-backed station Radio Miraya to continue broadcasting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The South Sudanese Media Regulatory Authority ordered Radio Miraya to suspend operations because the station had not acquired a broadcasting license, according to a copy of the suspension notice seen by CPJ and a report by the Dutch-backed Radio Tamazuj news outlet.
In the letter, the media authority, which oversees the press, requested that South Sudan's National Communication Authority "withdraw the frequency 101 FM," that was allocated to Radio Miraya. Additionally, the media authority cited Radio Miraya's "persistent non-compliance and refusal to be regulated" under South Sudan's 2013 Media Authority Act as the reason for the station's suspension.
A spokesperson for the South Sudan UN mission (UNMISS), Francisca Mold, told CPJ that Radio Miraya has not stopped broadcasting.