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Nepal Threatens Shut Down of Private Radio Station

Nepal's royal government has threatened to shut down a private radio station if it continues to defy a ban on broadcasting news.

The Information and Communication Ministry said Thursday that Nepal FM could lose its license within a week for ignoring the ban.

Nepal FM officials say they intend to fight the ban, adding that they will challenge the government order in a court, if necessary.

Nepal's King Gyanendra, who seized absolute power on February 1, has seriously curbed press freedom. Reporters are not allowed to criticize the government and security forces - or independently report on the communist insurgency.

The king says the moves are necessary to deal with the Maoist insurgency that has killed more than 11,000 people since 1996.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.