Côte d'Ivoire bans UN radio

UN radio broadcasts have been officially banned in Côte d'Ivoire by the government of Laurent Gbagbo, which took to airwaves to make the announcement.

ONUCI-FM is the most widely listened to radio station in the country.

Despite the ban, it has been using an unofficial frequency, 95.3-FM, to broadcast.

Gbagbo accuses the UN of being bias against him. In December, it certified Alassane Ouattara the winner of the Presidential election, but Gbagbo has refused to step down.

Sylvain Semilinko is the head of ONUCI-FM.

“The whole media landscape in Côte d’Ivoire has been muzzled by Mr. Gbagbo’s camp because they don’t want freedom of speech, freedom of press. They don’t want pluralism of opinion since the election. So there is a clamp down on the media.”

Last month the Security Council voted to send an extra 2,000 peacekeepers to Côte d’Ivoire, making the total there to 11,500.

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