Regulation & Policy In Brief
* Nigeria’s Kano state government and the state's based private radio station, the Freedom Radio's relationship has gone sour, following the government's decision to stop state ministries, agencies and local government councils from any deal with the radio station. In a circular by the state government sent to all government agencies and ministries with reference number H1623T.1 of January 11th, 2010 said it has decided to suspend further relaying of programmes and activities by all its MDAs and functionaries at both state and local governments through the radio station.Kano State government also alleged that the recent activities by the radio station portray indiscriminate airing of programmes aimed at attacking individuals without balancing, which it says negates the good ethic of journalism profession.
* Sudan has protested the filming of a movie on Darfur crisis in Kenya. It has also condemned the production of "Revenge" by its director, Susanne Bier's. The Sudan government wants Kenya to intervene to halt production of the film by a Danish company on allegations of genocide in Darfur. Sudan embassy spokeswoman S Somaya said it was wrong for the producers of the film to shoot it in Kenya and depict it to have been done in Darfur. He said some people in IDP camps in Naivasha were lured to participate in the film and poorly paid. Sudan's government has spoken out against Bier's film, 'Hvnen' (The Revenge) describing it as anti-Islamic and on par. The film represents 'non-existing conditions in Darfur' and is 'a new step in the hostile forces working to prolong the war in Darfur,' it said.