Niger allows French broadcaster back on air

23rd August 2007, Comments 0 comments

NIAMEY, Aug 22, 2007 (AFP) - Radio France International (RFI) went back on the air in Niger, having been silenced by the authorities for a month, local listeners said on Wednesday.

NIAMEY, Aug 22, 2007 (AFP) - Radio France International (RFI) went back on the air in Niger, having been silenced by the authorities for a month, local listeners said on Wednesday.

"We've been receiving RFI for two days on the FM band and that's very good news for us," an inhabitant of Agadez in northern Niger told AFP.

Last month Niger suspended RFI, saying the French station was "broadcasting lies and information which obscures the reality" of the activities of Tuareg rebels, the Niger Movement for Justice (MNJ).

RFI is widely listened to and broadcasts in French and, for the past few months, in Hausa, the most popular language in Niger.

In June, its management protested against a ban on sending one of its reporters to cover clashes between the army and the MNJ rebels, imposed by the authorities for "security reasons".

RFI's Niamey correspondent Moussa Kaka has told the Republican privately-owned weekly that the head of the army had threatened to kill him.

General Moumouni Boureima reportedly made the threat at a reception hosted by the French ambassador in Niamey to mark the French national holiday on July 14.

AFP

Subject: French news

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