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Mogadishu radios stop playing music after Islamist order

Mogadishu-based radio stations stopped playing music Tuesday in compliance with an ultimatum issued by hardline Islamists 10 days ago, officials and journalists said.

"Today we see an official crackdown on the independent media... The local radio stations stopped playing any kind of music or songs after the deadline given by the Islamists came to an end," said Mohamed Ibrahim, an official of the National Union of Somali Journalists.

"We denounce the move as a gross violation against the freedom of expression... because order after order means there will not be any independent media in this country," he told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

All radio stations in both government and Islamist controlled areas of Mogadishu were affected by the ban imposed by the Hezb al-Islam militants, Ibrahim said.

Journalists and radio executives said they had complied with the ban for fear of reprisal reprisal, in international law, the forcible taking, in time of peace, by one country of the property or territory belonging to another country or to the citizens of the other country, to be held as a pledge or as redress in order to satisfy a claim. . The Hezb al-Islam and the Al Qaeda-linked Shebab groups control much of war-wracked Mogadishu.

"We abide by their rules by abstaining from broadcasting music and songs and instead we are using traditional poems from today on," said Mohamed Haji Bare, director general of Danan Radio.

"No one dares disobey dis·o·bey  
v. dis·o·beyed, dis·o·bey·ing, dis·o·beys

To refuse or fail to follow an order or rule.
To refuse or fail to obey (an order or rule).
 the orders otherwise you put your life in danger," said Osman Gure, the director of Radio Shabelle, a popular Mogadishu station.

Fourteen independent radio stations ≥This is the list of indie radio stations. Included are any non-profit over-the-air terrestrial radio stations not directly affiliated, owned, or controlled by any radio network, school, company, or government.  operate in Mogadishu, the scene of relentless fighting between government forces and Islamist rebels.

"This morning I broadcast my program without the music sound bites. Everything is falling apart in this country and if we ignore what they (Islamists) say, we ignore our safety," said Abdiaziz Mohamed Dirie, an editor of Mogadishu's Simba radio.

In recent years, the insurgents have imposed a series of restrictions such as outlawing watching films and football, ordering men to grow beards and destroying the graves of moderate Islamic clerics.

Offenders of their brand of strict sharia, or Islamic law, are often flogged in public, have their limbs amputated or face a firing squad.
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Date:Apr 13, 2010
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