Cherry FM ra­dio back on air

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS // NEWS -

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.


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