Rwanda's media regulatory body sued over suspension of community radio station

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - One of the Christian community Radio Stations, Amazing Grace FM,  has dragged the Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), a regulatory body, to court for its recent suspension after it aired what authorities considered as hate remarks against women, PANA learnt Friday from a judicial source in Kigali.

It said that Amazing Grace Radio proprietor, Pastor Gregory Ryan Schoof, has dragged the Rwanda Media regulatory body to court, seeking a judicial review in a matter which he is challenging the latest decision to suspend the Radio station indefinitely after it was charged with a “hateful” sermon against women.

The decision by Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) to request the suspension of the station by relevant authorities comes after Amazing Grace FM had aired on 29 January, 2018, a sermon by Pastor Nicholas Niyibikora describing women as "dangerous creatures of evil, going against God's plans".

Reportedly, the station senior management claimed it was unaware of the background of the preacher, who is currently on the run.

Following the incident, the Rwanda Media regulatory body resolved to write to Rwanda Regulatory Utility Agency (RURA), seeking permission to shut down the station for at least three months.

The radio station is owned by American evangelist Schoof who said he did not condone denigration of women.

Reports said that the same Radio station has previously been warned for airing provocative programmes, and has had one of its shows “The Bible and Quran” banned for inciting hate against Muslims.
-0- PANA TWA/VAO 18May2018

18 may 2018 15:38:12

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