Tanzania fines and bans radio station for airing pro-gay comments
February 27, 2013
The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) banned and fined a Radio station for broadcasting a pro gay rights content during its breakfast program.
During Clouds FM's morning program known as 'Power Breakfast', a segment dubbed ‘Jicho la Ng’ombe’, featured reporting of Obama's inauguration and a positive mention of the prayer for inclusivity, which included LGBT people.
Regulators alleged that the station was aiming to have Tanzanians 'sensitised' to the ideas in order to 'copy' them.
TCRA fined the station 5 million Tanzanian Shilling (€ 2,350 US$ 3,087) to be paid within a one month period, over claims it provoked the breach of peace.
The ‘Jicho la Ng’ombe’ segment that featured in Power Breakfast programme was banned because it 'supported homosexual marriages' while knowing that there is no law supporting 'the practices' in Tanzania, the chairman said.