Addis Ababa, Ocotber 30, 2021 — The Ethiopian Media Authority (EMA) released a statement yesterday night banning all foreign radio programs from being broadcasted via local radio stations.
"Radio waves are very few in our country. Therefore, licensed radio broadcasters should deliver content that takes into account the country's social, economic and political context," said the statement from EMA.
"Although radio broadcasters are licensed through a competitive bid, we have recently witnessed some foreign radio programs being broadcasted through direct links via this local broadcasters. This shows that they are operating outside of their scope", said the statement from the Director of EMA, Mohammed Idriss.
"When local radio stations broadcast the foreign radios, they have no control over their content and this could harm the country's national interest. The media authority even does not have the power to comment on what the foreign radio broadcasters share which is why the need to ban them is necessary," said the statement from the EMA.