Rwanda suspends community radio over hate broadcast

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's media regulatory body has suspended a Christian community radio station's operating licence for three months, after it aired what authorities considered as hatred remarks against women by a local pastor.

Confirming the decision by Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), an official source told PANA in Kigali on Tuesday that Amazing Grace FM on 29 January 2018 broadcast a sermon by Pastor Nicholas Niyibikora describing women as "dangerous creatures of evil, going against God's plans".

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

Before the action was taken against the radio station, a public hearing was held at RMC's headquarters in Kigali about various petitions seeking explanation from managers of Amazing Grace FM for allowing the programme to go on air.

According to a statement issued in Kigali, the RMC 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 Gregg Schoof who at Tuesday's hearing said he did not condone denigration of women.

-0- PANA TWA/AR 13Feb2018

13 Fevereiro 2018 14:18:11

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