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Jakarta Post

China suspected behind radio closure

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Tue, February 23 2010   /  11:34 am

The Communications and Information Technology Ministry has told a private radio station to halt its news broadcasts because it is deemed to have no broadcasting license and is interfering with other radio frequencies.

However, the Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) suspected the action against Radio Era Baru was made after political pressure from the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta.  

It is the latest in a string of warnings against the station, which promotes Falun Gong, a
system of beliefs and practices that are banned in China.

In 2007, the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPID) closely monitored the radio station
after the embassy reported the station had allegedly aired political campaigns that might harm relations between the two countries.

Early last year, the government rejected the extension of the station’s broadcasting license, a move that was ...