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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Somalia: Fear of Islamists kills music

Original article here.

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 13 (UPI) -- Most radio stations in Somalia have stopped playing music because of fear from the country's Islamist insurgents.

The stations comply with a ban issued by the Islamist Hizbul-Islam insurgents who say music is un-Islamic, BBC News reports.

A government-controlled radio and a Kenyan station are the remaining two outlets playing songs.
The stations that stopped playing music are using "sounds such as gunfire, the noise of the vehicles and birds to link up our programs and news," one radio executive told the BBC.

Hizbul-Islam and al-Shebab, the other major Islamist group, control most of Mogadishu and much of the country's southern and central regions. They are said to have close links to al-Qaida and reports claim the terror organization is reinforcing them with senior insurgents from Yemen.

Somalia's weak transitional government has been unable to stop violence in the country.

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