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For non-compliance: Govt shuts down Voice FM

Victor D. Kezelle/Joseph T. Koon

MONROVIA, LIBERIA- The Government of Liberia has shut down Voice FM Radio Station in Monrovia with immediate effect.

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) announced the decision Monday, July 4, 2016 at the news conference in Monrovia.

This followed the issuance of a Writ of Preliminary Injunction by the Civil Law Court against Voice FM 107 and Love FM/TV, respectively.

The writ, according to court’s record, has barred the two stations from broadcasting on 102.7 frequencies.

Meanwhile, authorities of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority have catalogued reasons for its action through the Justice Ministry to shut down some radio and television stations in Liberia.

The LTA says, it has the mandate, in collaboration with the Information Ministry, to manage and effectively superintend the air waves relative to communication, frequency and spectrum.

At a press conference Monday, July 4, 2016 in Monrovia, LTA authorities said:  “We have requested the Justice Ministry through the court to shut down radio and television stations failing to regularize their status.”

“We are beginning with Voice FM which took over 102.7 FM,” they said.

LTA Commissioner, Anthony Mcrathy, said: “Voice FM Radio Station was shut down Monday Morning, July 4, 2016 as the beginning of LTA’s enforcement process.

Mr. Mcrathy clarified that the Information Ministry gives permits valid for one year and must be renewed.

The LTA authorities described the establishment and operation of radio and television stations by individuals as a violation of the LTA Act.



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