Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Somalia shuts radios as humanitarian crisis deepens

MOGADISHU, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Somali government forces battling Islamist-led insurgents ordered two more radio stations off the air on Tuesday, as a U.N. envoy said the latest fighting made the country's humanitarian crisis the worst in Africa.

Authorities in the turbulent nation have often accused local broadcasters of backing the rebels. On Monday they shut down Shabelle Radio for the eighth time this year. Then on Tuesday, heavily armed troops raided Simba Radio and Radio Banadir.

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