BBC, Radio France International go off air in Ivory Coast

By REUTERS
March 2, 2011 23:57

ABIDJAN - BBC radio and Radio France International (RFI) were taken off air in Ivory Coast on Wednesday, with both stations' FM bands producing nothing but fuzz.

The BBC said on its website that the government of incumbent Laurent Gbagbo had denied taking any action against the stations and that it did not know why its broadcasts had stopped.

The authorities cut RFI, BBC and news channel France24 in December, although all were later put back on air.

Foreign journalists have been intimidated by pro-Gbagbo forces and sometimes attacked by his youth supporters, inspired by messages on state TV accusing them of destablizing the nation.

Nine local newspapers that either support Ouattara or are independent have shut this week in protest at threats and harassment by Gbagbo's camp.


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