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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

SA's first community radio forced to close in Nepal

[b]SA's first community radio forced to close in Nepal[/b]

[b] Kathmandu, 28 November, ([/b] Crackdown on Nepalese independent media continued on Sunday with Nepalese authorities shutting down Radio Sagarmatha, South Asia’s first community radio.

According to the radio’s acting station manager Ghamaraj Luintel, policemen arrived at the radio station in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu while the radio was airing news through BBC Nepali Service on Sunday evening. The news was to be immediately followed by a BBC interview with Maoist chairman Prachanda.

The policemen seized the radio station’s transmission equipment and arrested all the staffs present at the station. There were five staffs in the radio station at the time of the raid. One of them was released late Sunday night.

Luintel said that the radio station had decided not the air the Maoist chairman’s interview.

The policemen left two letters from Nepal’s Ministry of Information and Communications. One of them orders that the radio station be shut down as it is aiding terrorists and terrorism, and the other was an order for the seizing of the radio station’s transmission equipment.

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