Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Our Signal Not Banned, Government Lied - Radio Biafra

The Nigerian government’s claim that it successfully jammed signals from Radio Biafra, a controversial channel accused of propaganda, was false as the station has continued with its programmes several hours after the government announcement.

Correspondents of Premium Times  in south east of Nigeria, and other listeners there, have confirmed that Radio Biafra remained in the airwaves as of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning,  long after the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, told journalists on Tuesday the broadcast had been blocked.
The station also denounced the claim by the government, tweeting that its terrestrial transmission remained alive as well as its online radio.
“Radio Biafra is live in Biafra land: NBC woe to you and your lies: NBC lied to their master” the radio tweeted.
The permanent secretary, Shade Temi-Esan, had said the National Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, had jammed the radio’s frequency, describing it as illegal in the first place.
She spoke at the presidential villa shortly after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of her ministry.
“Right now the signals from radio Biafra have been jammed successfully by the NBC,” Ms. Yemi-Esan said.
“The commission is also working with security agencies to get those that are behind that radio because it is an illegal radio, it is not licensed by anybody to be on the airwaves in Nigeria,” she said.
But Radio Biafra responded on Twitter: “How can you Jam satellite and internet radio?”

Radio Biafra, received in the south east of the country, is a new network that has become controversial for propagating the ideology of the former secessionist Republic of Biafra. Operators of the station are also accused of instigating hate and violence.

Culled from Premium Times

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