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Niger Suspends French Radio for a Month

The government of Niger has suspended local broadcasts of Radio France International (RFI) after accusing it of being biased in favor of rebel groups.

Government officials who regulate media outlets in Niger announced the month-long suspension of the French state-run broadcaster Thursday.

They accused RFI of broadcasting "false information" concerning M.N.J., or Niger Movement for Justice, rebels. They gave no examples of such reporting.

Earlier this month, Niger shut down the private newspaper "Air Info" for three months after charging it with inciting violence and demoralizing government forces.

The newspaper's most recent issue had included a story about an attack by M.N.J. rebels on a military force in Tizirzet.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.