South Sudan’s media regulator suspends U.N owned radio






Authorities in South Sudanese have suspended a UN-backed radio station in the country for broadcasting license issues.

The South Sudanese Media Regulatory Authority ordered Radio Miraya to suspend operations because the station had not acquired a broadcasting license, as stated in the suspension notice.

According to reports, 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.

Press freedom advocates urged South Sudan authorities to allow the radio station to continue broadcasting.

Deputy Executive Director of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Robert Mahoney urged authorities in South Sudan to ensure that Radio Miraya is permitted to operate unhindered.

“Journalists in South Sudan are too often faced with bureaucratic red tape or other tactics of government intimidation, which are incompatible with efforts to create conditions for sustaining peace.” He said. 

The UN Mission in South Sudan’s (UNMISS) spokesperson Francescal Molde told the media that they were discussing the issue with the government and that they were still on air.

“Radio Miraya is continuing to broadcast across the country,” Molde said.




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