US asks RDC to permit RFI broadcasts to resume
The United States demanded Thursday that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) permit the resumption of French radio broadcasts that were cut in protest over post-election coverage.
"We are concerned about these reports of Radio France International having been shut down. We urge the relevant Congolese authorities to reinstate RFI's frequencies immediately," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
Kinshasa has temporarily cut RFI's signal to protest its post-election coverage in the country where incumbent Joseph Kabila was proclaimed president even though international observers denounced the polls as flawed.
The cut in broadcasting, which was supposed to have lasted until at least Tuesday, continued Thursday. From July 2009 until October 2010, Kinshasa totally shut down RFI, which was accused of demoralizing the army.
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