Southern Sudan: Government Bans Religious Programs on Public TV

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The management of Southern Sudan Television has cut down religious content to news coverage of main festivals in the mostly Christian semi-autonomous region.

SSTV Acting Director, Faris Matthew, issued an order pinned on a public notice board, saying the public station shall not air any religious programs.

The order added that coverage of religious activities shall be limited to major holidays and events, and these are to be treated as news items. However, the order does not specify the major holidays and events.

The order limiting religious coverage on SSTV has caused some unease among many of its staff who alerted Catholic radio Bakhita FM and expressed their displeasure.