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Sudan curbs BBC radio broadcasts on local frequencies


July 21, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese authorities informed the BBC Arabic service radio that they will no longer be allowed to broadcast on local frequencies citing violations by the widely popular station in the country.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) since several years is airing its Arabic service on FM frequency in Khartoum, Port Sudan, Medani and capital of Northern Kordofan Al-Obayid. Also Monte Carlo, the Arabic service of Radio France Internationale (RFI) is aired on the FM in the Sudanese capital.

The decision to stop the broadcasting will be effective within three months. It does not include the semi-autonomous region of southern Sudan.

Sudanese authorities refused to renew a permission to broadcast its Arabic programme saying that the British government sponsored corporation imported unauthorized devices through the diplomatic pouch two years ago, informed sources tell Sudan Tribune.

It is not clear why the decision was taken only now.

The matter had been considered at the time as violation of the Sudanese law and the devices were confiscated by the authorities.

According to the pro-government Al-Rayaam newspaper, a British delegation was in Khartoum to discuss the issue with the concerned officials here but failed to convince them to change their minds, the daily said.

The British radio remains available on the short waves.

In 2007, Sudan expelled the BBC Correspondent Jonah Fisher accusing him of “hostile reporting”.


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  • 22 July 2010 10:51, by Paul Ongee

    Khartatoum’s Islamic mentality of intransigence to be open to the 21st century is not new. It needs to realize that public opinion about what is acceptable or not can never be manipulated on the basis of political Islam that restricts freedom of communication and other amenities. For how long will Khartoum continue to live in this kind of denial without considering the changing dynamics? If Khartoum refuses to change, the forces of change will change it in the present of its Islamic fundamentalists.

    Paul Ongee
    Khartoum, Sudan

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    • 22 July 2010 23:21, by John M. Atem

      I have been always thinking of writing an article examing the policies of post-war Naivasha, Sudan, after its has emerged from 21years of bloody and horrendous civil war never ever fought before in the history of continental Africa.
      Indeed, when the internationally-acclaimed Agreement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed five years ago, it was based on redemptive faith the longest-running civil war never ever fought before in the history of continental Africa has come to its successful conclusion. Neverthless, many bad things have continued to happen. Many of us are wondering as to whether the Comprehensive Peace Agreement will stick or hold on together given the National Congress Party intransigence to fully implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
      Furthermore, many independent-thinking and broad-minded people were hoping that since we have just emerged out from 21years of bloody and resources-draining political civil war, leaders should have concentrated on how to rebuild and rejuventate the country’s dipressing inflation-wracked economic, physical infrastructures, schools and hospitals and returned the country back in to the path way of viable long-term economic growth, democratic governance, stability and political prosperity. In fact, many genius long-term thinking political pundits have said many times that if Comprehensive Peace Agreement is truly and boldly implemented in both letter and spirit, it will changes the Sudan from being a dictatorial police state into inclusive democratic state where by there is due process of law, democratic governance, respect for human dignity, liberty, freedom, and financial transparency. Unfortunately, however, the genocide-denying and self-proclaimed president of Sudan Omer al Bahir is fomenting soco-economic and political civil war in western region of Darfur.
      Recently, the self-anoited and self- appointed president of Sudan Omer Hassan Al Bashir ran across the sub-regions of Africa preaching his stupid Koranic political apocalyptic Armageddon of Sudan should he be arrested and criminally-charged with war crimes and crimes against the humanity committed in the war-torn region of Darfur.
      Having said all that, we must swiftly move away from an age-old Sudan of chaotic and meaningless primitive stone age period politics into a proactive, forthright and parliamentary united secular new Sudan of forward-looking politics.
      Finally and last, but not certainly the least, the time has come for this destructive, opportunistic, out-of-idea, and bride-to-death generation of me-first political leaders whose mouths have been stuffed with blood-stained money to stop preaching their down-market, regressive-thinking, and diversionary politics that have reduced us in to the lowest common denominator in the scale of contemporary human beings.
      May the Garangian vision of pluralistic democratic new Sudan shines on forever and ever. Amen!!

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  • 22 July 2010 11:24, by DASODIKO

    When BBC in Sudan was run by NCP memeber Kamal, they alloed the BBC to operate in Sudan because he was always broadcasting misleading information about Sudan. Now because the BBC has changed the crew and brought scrupulous ones that is hwy they are aggressive with BBC. If BBC agree to broadcast Quraan reciation they will allow it to operate.

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  • 24 July 2010 00:10, by Achuil Manyuat Tong

    They government might have taken this step simply because the BBC is a impairtial channel which air exactely the people say and as such will likely air information or opinion of southerners which frequently goes favourable to separation somthing the government does not dare to listen to here in the north.
    They should simply resort to their international frequencies.

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