Beijing shuts down radio stations ahead of party congress: watchdog

More than 100 radio stations in China that broadcast phone- in programs have been shut down indefinitely ahead of the 17th Communist Party Congress, a human rights watchdog said Monday.

Beijing shuts down radio stations ahead of party congress: watchdog
The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said in a statement that as many as 12 of the 17 radio stations in Nanjing have since Aug. 8 been shut down.

The stations were taken off-air because they let members of the public talk about sex and supernatural issues during phone-in programs after midnight, the center said.

A staffer at one of the 12 stations told Kyodo News their station has been off the air since Aug. 12 and she has no idea when broadcasting will resume.

The State Administration of Radio Film and Television, the media regulator, has wanted to clamp down on the stations for the "unhealthy" content of their programs, apart from worries that political incidents could occur ahead of the party congress, the center said.

It also said SARFT has strengthened its interference on overseas radio stations that broadcast in China since last month.

The official spokesman for SARFT was not available for comment.


AP-KYODO
Last Mod: 20 Ağustos 2007, 11:56
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