World Notes & Quotes
African Nation Silences Catholic Radio
The BBC reported April 20 that “The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has suspended broadcasts by a Catholic radio station in the eastern city of Kisangani.”
“In a BBC interview, the deputy interior minister, Faustin Munene, accused Radio Amani of dabbling in politics. He said it should stick to religious affairs.
“In addition to its own output, the station rebroadcasts programs of the BBC World Service. Security forces have been stationed in the radio's offices since the suspension on Saturday.
“Correspondents say that journalists in Congo have come under increasing pressure in recent months not to criticize government policy.
“A newspaper editor—Andre Ipakala of La Reference Plus—was reported to have been arrested on Sunday.”
- May 3-9, 1998