Monday, 21 July 2014

Tunisia shuts 'unlicensed' media outlets

Tunisia has closed a satellite television channel and a radio station for promoting "jihad", a few days after armed fighters killed 15 soldiers, according to the government statement.
The decision came after fighters on Wednesday attacked two army posts in the remote Mount Chaambi region near the Algerian border, killing 15 soldiers in the worst attack in the Tunisian army's history.
The statement from the office of Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa said on Sunday that the authorities had decided to shut down Nour FM radio and Al-Insen satellite channel.
The government said "the immediate closure of the unlicensed" media outlets came after they "turned into platforms for takfiris and jihad".
Takfiris are Muslims who accuse other Muslims of apostasy.
Many radio and television stations operate in Tunisia without permission.
The government warned in the statement that it would take "all necessary measures to deal with ... incitement of violence, terrorism and takfir on social networks".