Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Malagasy TV station arbitrarily censored

In Madagascar, the private television station Viva TV has been shut down after broadcasting an interview with the country's former strongman Didier Ratsiraka. The interview was unilaterally deemed by the minister of communications to be 'likely to disrupt security and public order.' Several other television outlets broadcast the same interview the preceding week, but Viva TV was the only one punished by the government.

Viva's owner is also the mayor of the capital Antananarivo and an outspoken opponent of the current government.

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