Saturday, March 31, 2007

Pakistam closes down illegal FM station

Pakistani authorities have shut down an illegal FM radio station set up by pro-Taliban clerics in Islamabad during growing concern about the spread of Islamist influence.
“We took action as soon as the issue was brought to our notice. We have stopped the transmissions,” a spokesman for the government’s electronic media regulator said. He declined to say how the transmissions had been stopped but said further action would be taken if warranted.
Islamists have been running numerous illegal radio stations in the conservative northwest of the country, where some areas on the Afghan border are hotbeds of militancy.
(Source: Reuters/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)