South Sudan suspends UN-run radio station

Radio Miraya Journalists at 2018 Women day show. Photo: Radio Miraya

Juba, March 9, 2018 (SSNA) — South Sudan’s Media Authority (SSMA) Friday issued an order, suspending Radio Miraya, for what it described as “persistent noncompliance.”

It is not clear what exactly prompted the media regulator to suspend the UN-owned radio station.

However, the head of the media regulating body Elijah Alier Kuai said the station has been violating media laws and that its shutdown came after it failed to abide by South Sudan’s media laws.

“This is to inform the public and media houses that the media authroity has suspended the operations of Radio Miraya 101 FM for persistent non-compliance and refusal to be regulated under media laws in the republic of South Sudan,” a statement obtained by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) said.

The UN Mission in South Sudan’s (UNMISS) said it is discussing the issue with the government and that the station is still on the air.

“Radio Miraya is continuing to broadcast across the country,” UNMISS’s spokesperson Francescal Molde sa

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