10 radio stations closed down

first_img Reporters Without Borders protested today against the closure of 10 independent radio stations in Niger for supposedly bureaucratic reasons and called for harassment of the country’s media to stop.The state communications council, the CSC, told the stations to cease broadcasting on 25 September, but all said they would defy the order and stay on the air.Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard called on the Niger government to immediately lift the suspensions, release Ibrahim Souley, editor of the weekly L’Enquêteur, who has been in jail since 13 September, and reaffirm its commitment to press freedom.The CSC cancelled the broadcasting licences of the 10 privately-owned stations, saying they were improperly issued. The CSC’s current members are challenging decisions taken by their predecessors. Among the stations affected are Horizon FM, Sahara FM, Saraounia FM and Radio Madiana.Souley was arrested on 13 September and jailed in Niamey prison three days later. The state prosecutor had complained of an article in issue 169 of the paper accusing the government of contributing to the sudden wealth of local businessman Djibo Zakou. It reported that business people from eastern Niger were angry that Zakou, who comes from the western part of the country, had got “juicy contracts.” September 29, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 10 radio stations closed down November 27, 2020 Find out more NigerAfrica RSF_en News Niger: Two journalists arrested in disturbing setback for press freedom The conviction of Niger newspaper editor Moussa Aksar is an attack on investigative journalism Help by sharing this information News May 11, 2021 Find out more The state communications council ordered 10 independent radio stations to shut down on 25 September. Reporters Without Borders denounced the move as repressive and called for the government to declare its commitment to press freedom. Follow the news on Niger NigerAfrica Receive email alerts Reports News to go further July 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africalast_img read more