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Getting the KALY ready antenna for installation [photo: Prometheus Project]

Minneapolis has a Somali Low Power FM station

In the wake of the Somali civil war of the 1990s, many people from that country have migrated to Minneapolis. In fact, the city has a neighborhood called Little Mogadishu where Somali immigrants live—around 14,000 of them. Now Minneapolis also has a Low Power FM radio station that focuses on their lives and concerns. KALY-FM 101.7 FM […]

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Somali journalists protest radio station crackdown

Update (10/28/2013) Reporters Without Borders condemns Somali government attack on radio stations. Somali reporters are up in arms over a police raid of the Shabelle Media Network, which describes itself as the “leading independent media network in Somalia,” located in Mogadishu. Here is Shabelle’s account of the Saturday incident: “Security personnel cordoned off the building […]

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Radio Stations in Somalia Threatened Again over Music

Radio Stations in Somalia Threatened Again over Music

As we reported last week, radio stations in Somalia have been pressured to cease playing music by militant Islamist groups. Under threat of violence, these stations opted to replace music with all-talk formats, punctuated by sounds of animals, nature, and machinery. On Tuesday the government of Somalia actually ordered four Mogadishu radio stations to play […]

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Music Banned from Radiowaves in Somalia

Music Banned from Radiowaves in Somalia

There are growing concerns about the control that militant groups are wielding over citizens and media outlets after music was banned from Somali radio on Tuesday and school bells were outlawed from a Somali town on Thursday. Today’s New York Times reports that, “Insurgent groups in Somalia have increasingly alienated the population by imposing a […]

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