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March 9, 2018 (JUBA) — South Sudanese government broadcasting agency Friday has suspended the UN-sponsored Radio Miraya FM for "refusal to be regulated under media laws".

South Sudan Media Authority Managing Director, Elijah Alier Kuai, told reporters in Juba that the government has ordered to withdraw the radio’s frequency effective March 9, as it failed to obtain a valid broadcasting license.

In a separate press statement, the authority said they reminded the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) supported radio about the need to renew their licence in different notifications in June 2017, September 2017, November 2017 and February 2018.

"The Media Authority has suspended the operations of Radio Miraya 101 FM for persistent non-compliance and refusal to be regulated under the media laws in the Republic of South Sudan," Kuai said.

The suspension is effective from Friday 9 March 2018.

Last year the South Sudanese authorities expulsed foreign journalists and detained others. Also, the local media experienced unprecedented crackdown after the eruption of the civil war in the country in December 2013.

The South Sudanese official stressed that the shot down does not intend to censor the media outlet but they have to observe the law.

However, he added they are monitoring it for "hate speech and incitement."

The radio has released his written stories on the Facebook and Twitter. It also continues to post its audio stories on audioboom.com.

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  • 10 March 01:33, by dinkdong

    What a logo Miraya Radio got?! It look like . . .

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  • 10 March 01:34, by Koryom2

    The UN has been using Radio Miraya as it mouthpiece of dividing South Sudanese communities & propagates disharmony among South Sudanese people for quite sometimes, and it is high time the UN & its mercenaries are rein-in. I for one, has never ever been a fan of the so-called UN peacekeeping project in our country.

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  • 10 March 02:29, by Games

    Dictator State of South Sudan
    Has absolutely no authority to shut down the UN radio. UN has mandate to work independently in the country to have all possible access to all areas have been blocked SPL-JCE. This is immature celebration for Mr. Liar Makuei Lieth.
    Makuei Lieth should also be charged for invaded the UN working environment

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    • 10 March 12:26, by South South

      Games,

      Maybe UN has a mandate to work independently in the country of monkeys and rats, not in South Sudan.

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      • 10 March 14:26, by jubaone

        Close Radio Miraya, close SSTV, forbid any media coverage in SS (after all most have no TV sets, cant read and have no radios). These tailless monkeys are just fine looking after cows and singing cow/bull songs all day and playing mungula under lalob trees. They have no time for amenities of civilized people. They even dont understand the need of a country.

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  • 10 March 12:36, by Sunday Junup

    Let see if they will not open it on Monday

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  • 11 March 01:21, by Kush Natives

    All rebels MUST shut up! Focus only on where about Riek Machar, leave the government of the nation deal with its domestic issues. This is an insult to the nation, radio mirraya MUST remain shut down, no wonder, let U.N. take this radio station to Geneva.

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