Friday, December 10, 2010

Cote d’ Ivoire ALERT: Media regulator bans foreign media from covering political crises

Source: MFWA - The National Council for Broadcast and Communication (CNCA), a media regulatory body in Cote d’ Ivoire on  December 2, 2010  issued a directive banning all foreign  radio and TV channels in the country from covering the ongoing political crises in the country.

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)’s correspondent reported that the CNCA announced the ban in a communiqué read by its secretary general, Félix Nanihio, during a news broadcast on state-owned TV at 20 hours GMT.

The correspondent said the communiqué signed by the CNCA chairman, Franck Andesson, said the directive was necessary to “maintain social peace that has been badly shaken.” 

The CNCA’s ban followed the provisional results of the second round of presidential election announced by the Independent Electoral Commission which gave victory to opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara over incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo.

All foreign channels and Pan-African channels such as TF1France 24Africa 24, and Vox Africa have all been suspended. The FM outlet of Radio France Internationale (RFI) has also been banned.

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