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AMARC International condemns intimidation of the Tunisian station Horria FM

Friday 14 March 2014, by AMARC International

Montreal, March 14, 2014.

Tunisia - AMARC International calls on administrative authorities to explain their action following the recent outbreak without notice of civil servants into Horria FM’s office on, March 11, 2014 in Tunis. Horria FM is an affiliate of the Tunisian Union of Free Radios (STRL).

According to the STRL, who witnessed the events, customs agents, along with officers of the National Frequencies Agency and the Centre for Studies and Research in Communication, drew up an inventory of all the electronic equipments of the station asking for invoices and import authorizations. This unannounced intrusion highly resembles those on February 25th, when another community radio station, Radio Saraha FM, also received the unexpected visit from officials of the National Commission in charge of the hardware inventory of private radio stations.

Alongside the STRL, AMARC International is astonished by these processes, involving several administrations. The Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HAICA) has produced a new specification designed to regulate the community and alternative media sector. Any inventory procedure, if justified, should be announced in advance to the concerned radios before-hand. Abusive and inappropriate, surprise inventories should not continue with other stations. A new regulatory framework cannot be achieved in a climate of intimidation and threats.

SOURCE: http://www2.amarc.org/?q=node/1683

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