26 February 1998


Suspension of private radio station

Incident details

legal action

(RSF/IFEX) - According to RSF, on 18 February 1998, programming of the
private radio station, Radio Comercial, was suspended by the government. The
explanation offered by authorities is that the frequency given to Radio
Comercial in 1997 was provisional. According to radio station management, of
whom one shareholder is president of the opposition African Party for the
Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV), the suspension is discriminatory because
other temporary frequencies given to independent and public radio stations
have not been the subject of suspensions.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • reminding them that Cape Verde has ratified the Universal Declaration of
    Human Rights, article 19 of which recognizes freedom to receive and impart
    information, as well as the African Charter of Human Rights, in which
    article 9 guarantees those same rights
  • appealing to them to respect Cape Verde's obligations within the
    international community and to ensure they are respected by others

    Appeals To

    Antonio Mascarenhas Montero
    President of the Republic of Cape Verde
    Presidency of the Republic
    Cape Verde
    Fax: +238 61 34 16
    Ministry of Communication
    Fax: +238 61 43 69

    c/o the Cape Verde embassy in your country

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org

    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
    Cape Verde
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