South Sudan suspends UN radio station


South Sudan suspended the operations of Radio Miraya, owned by the UN mission in the country, for failing to comply with media laws, according to its media regulator.

Media outlets in South Sudan have increasingly come under threat and tight control from the regulator since it was established in 2016.

Elijah Alier Kuai, head of South Sudan Media Authority, accused the station of “persistent non-compliance and refusal to be regulated under media laws of South Sudan.”

He said the station failed to respond to several queries over the years, including violation of its broadcast licence terms. He did not give further details.

UNMISS spokesperson Francescal Molde said that they were discussing the issue with government and were still on air.
“Radio Miraya is continuing to broadcast across the country,” Molde said.

The station provides news on the activities of various UN agencies in South Sudan and political programmes aimed at fostering peace.

Some local media organisations were shut down over failure to observe the regulator’s demands. Last year 20 foreign journalists were barred from entering and reporting in the country.