REGULATION & POLICY
Cote d’Ivoire: CNCA orders non-licensed broadcasters to stop transmission
In a communiqué broadcast on the news programme 20 heures, Félix Nagnio, Secretary General of the Conseil national de la communication audiovisuelle (CNCA), ordered:”the immediate close down of all non-authorised radio and television broadcasts in the centre, north and west.”
According to Nagnio, the decision was necessary because various private radio and television stations were broadcasting without authorisation from CNCA despite repeated injunctions for them to get authorisations. Furthermore, “the principles of fairness and equity don’t seem to be applied in these areas” to the different candidates in the Presidential election.
Nagnio of CNCA forbade them to “produce and transmit programmes of a political character.” However, his solution to this issue was to suggest that the national radio broadcaster Radio télévision ivoirienne (Rti) extend its coverage to these areas. This approach is justified by the regulation covering these areas which specifies the need “to guarantee to the populace access to the same sources of information.”