Tunisia Quran Radio to Resume Broadcast after a month-long shutdown

The al-Quran al-Kareem radio station in Tunisia is poised to resume broadcast after a month-long shutdown.

Tunisia’s independent media regulator HAICA issued a ruling on October 11, ordering privately owned television channel Nessma TV and the privately-owned radio station al-Quran al-Kareem to shut down, stating that the stations did not have the proper license.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) objected to the ruling, stressing that Tunisian authorities should allow the two to resume broadcasting immediately and stop using the country’s licensing procedures as a means of censorship.

It added that in Tunisia, many television channels have been broadcasting for several years without a license.

In a recent Facebook comment, the radio station disclosed that it has achieved victory over the High Independent Authority of Audio-visual Communication (HAICA), Tunisia’s media regulatory body, RT Arabic reported.

It said Tunisian authorities are using bureaucratic broadcasting licensing procedures to control what gets said on television and radio.

A few other TV and Radio stations launched after the 2011 Islamic Awakening have also been shut down in Tunisia, including al-Zaytuna TV and Tunisuna TV.

Some Tunisian activists believe that HAICA members are elements of the former regime whose decisions are based on anti-Islam motivations.

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