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Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 09:25
The South Sudan Media Authority has suspended the operations of the UN run Radio Miraya and ordered its frequency to be switched off.
The media regulator accuses Miraya of non-compliance and refusing to be regulated under the country’s media laws. Bakhita Radio reports
Elijah Alier, Managing Director of the South Sudan Media Authority told a news conference on Friday that the radio station operated by the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS has  failed to obtain a valid operation license.
Alier says Radio Miyira journalists will not be allowed to cover stories until the suspension is lifted.
He denies criticism that the suspension of the radio station amounts to media censorship.
A spokesperson for the UNMISS says the UN mission is preparing a response to the suspension.
According to the Media Authority Act 2013, no one is allowed to provide broadcasting services in the country without valid license.
According to a UN human rights report released last month, Press freedom in South Sudan has been affected by the ongoing conflict.
The report says journalists working in the country face harassment, beating and sometimes expulsion, and media houses perceived to be critical are threatened or shutdown.

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