21 February 2013

Mozambique: Radio Suspended for Interfering With Air Traffic

Maputo — Mozambique’s National Communications Institute (INCM), the regulatory body for broadcasting, has ordered the suspension of transmissions by a private radio station that were interfering with air traffic.

A press release from the INCM said that it had received a complaint from the Mozambican Airports Company (ADM) of “damaging interference” in communications between the Maputo Airport control tower and aircraft.

The INCM investigated the interference and concluded that it was caused by broadcasts of the private Terra Verde radio station.

“Since this situation is endangering the safety of air traffic, the INCM has decided to interrupt provisionally the broadcasts by Terra Verde Radio, until the technical problems detected are resolved”, said the release.

Terra Verde Radio was founded in the early 1990s as the “Voice of Renamo”, owned by the main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, and using a transmitter donated by Germany.

Little has been heard of it in recent years.

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