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Kiir Says South Sudan's Bakhita Radio Can Resume Broadcasts


Catholic Bakhita Radio was shut down and its news editor arrested after it aired a story about fighting in Unity State.

Catholic Bakhita Radio was shut down and its news editor arrested after it aired a story about fighting in Unity State.

President Salva Kiir has ordered security agents to return the keys to Bakhita Radio station to management and allow it to resume broadcasts.

The order came three weeks after several of Bakhita Radio's staff were detained and the Catholic-run radio was silenced.

“So the keys were officially handed to us and we had to write an official note that we received the keys and that nothing was stolen or got missing from the station, and that was it and the security men left," Albino Tokwaro, the director of the radio station, said.

Tokwaro said no conditions were attached to the resumption of broadcasts but security operatives have advised the station's management against covering politics and the ongoing conflict.

“They told us that we should try our very best not to go into politics. We should only have developmental programs,” he said.

Bakhita Radio was taken off the air about a month ago for a story that the government said blamed its troops for new fighting in Unity state.

The government said Bakhita misinformed the public by quoting rebel sources who blamed government forces for instigating the fighting.

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