Cherry FM radio back on air
Radio station Cherry FM is back with its regular broadcasts following an agreement between the Ministry of Information and the broadcaster’s management, according to local media reports.
The station was taken off the air on August 13.
The outage occurred the same day that Thura U Shwe Mann was sacked as chairman of the Union Solidarity and Development Party by President U Thein Sein.
The station is run by Daw Zay Zin Latt, the wife of Thura U Shwe Mann’s son, U Toe Naing Mann.
The Ministry of Information clarified that it was a precautionary measure due to concerns that the station might broadcast “alarming” reports about clashes within the USDP.
The ministry initially called on the company officials to sign a statement agreeing to a “voluntary” three-month service halt. U Toe Naing Mann told local Mizzima that the station was considering legal action against the ministry following the demands.
Then the station was put back on the air on the evening of August 19, following a meeting with Minister for Information U Ye Htut during which the station management promised to only to broadcast balanced reports.