Sudan suspends BBC Arabic radio over violations

August 9, 2010 15:43


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Sudan suspended Arabic BBC broadcasts on FM radio Monday, citing alleged violations by the British media company of its licensing agreement with authorities.

Sudan's government said the decision had nothing to do with the content of BBC Arabic's news coverage, but rather stemmed from two incidents that Sudan said broke the broadcaster's 1999 deal with Khartoum.

In a statement released Monday, the government alleged that a BBC crew smuggled satellite equipment for live transmission into Sudan in a diplomatic pouch and began working in south Sudan without government approval — both in violation of the agreement.

BBC Arabic radio on FM frequencies were no longer available in the north on Monday. The government said it could review its position on the suspension if the BBC abides by the deal, but did not elaborate.

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