Tanzania Govt Shuts Down Two Radio Stations

Tanzania Minister of Information

The government has shut down two radio stations indefinitely for allegedly airing seditious content.

Dar es Salaam-based Magic FM and Radio Five Arusha had been banned effective yesterday, the Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Mr Nape Nnauye, said at a news conference in Dar es Salaam.

He said the decision followed "seditious" content broadcast by Magic FM and Radio Five on August 17 and 25, respectively.

Magic FM aired content in its Morning Magic programme from 7am to 8am, which had the potential to cause a breakdown of law and order, Mr Nnauye said.

Radio Five also allegedly broadcast seditious content in its Matukio programme aired from 8pm to 9pm.

By doing so, the two radio stations violated the Broadcasting Services Regulations (Content), the minister added.

"I'm thus using powers bestowed on me by Section 28 (1) of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority Act of 2003 to shut down Radio Five and Magic FM for their flagrant violation of regulations."

The minister also directed the Content Committee of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority to summon the owners of the radio stations. The committee will the advise the minister on the way forward after meeting the stations' owners.

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