Somalia Government threatens to close radio stations complying with Islamist militant music ban

Days after Islamist insurgent group Hizbul Islam banned radio stations in Mogadishu from playing music of any description, journalists in the embattled Somali capital found themselves facing an ultimatum from the government after it announced that all radio stations complying with the ban would face closure. According to the National Union of Somali Journalists, (NUSOJ), 14 radio stations in Mogadishu stopped broadcasting music as of last Tuesday, substituting it with the sounds of gunfire, car horns and animal cries. The radio stations were reacting to a ban issued by Hizbul Islam, as part of a move by the Islamist group to counter what it sees as Western imports not in accordance with the group’s strict definition of Islam. Two radio stations have refused to comply. Radio Mogadishu, which is run by Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG), and Radio Bar-Kulan, which is funded by the UN and operates from Nairobi, were the only radio stations to continue broadcasting music in the capital. Days after the other radio stations had complied with the ban, however, the TFG issued a counter-order stating that all radio stations that had done so would be considered as “working with the insurgents.”

http://blogs.rnw.nl/medianetwork/somalia-government-threatens-to-close-radio-stations-complying-with-islamist-militant-music-ban

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