24 April 2014

Liberia: New Voice, Old Jabs for Costa, LTA Summons, Shutdown Threat

Monrovia — The Henry Costa Morning Show may have found a new voice, but the old issues with the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf government appears far from over.

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority, which is the sector regulator along with the Ministry of Information has cited Costa and his partners to a conference on Thursday, April 24th at 3PM to provide reasons why the radio license of 102.7 should not be revoked.

The letter in the possession of FrontPageAfrica says the management of the 'Liberia Web Radio Inc.' on Ashmun was Tuesday invited by the Liberia Telecommunication Authority for a meeting at its headquarters in Congo Town.

In the communication the LTA said, the invitation is part of its core functions, among which is the establishment of measures to enforce the implementation of the Telecommunication act and to prohibit certain kind of conduct contrary to the orderly development and regulation of the sector.

LTA communication said: "The Liberia Telecommunication Authority is inviting you to a meeting of its board of Commissioners on Thursday, April 12 at 3:00 PM to provide reasons contrary to the revocation of your current Radio License. The meeting is to hold in the executive conference room, Top floor of the LTA headquarters (CNQC Building D-168) Congo Town Back Road."

The Liberia web Radio is operated by Henry Costa formerly of Hot Fm and others. The citation comes in the aftermath of Costa's recent widely-publicized release from the Monrovia Central Prison on February 28th on terrorism charges filed against him by NSA Director Fombah Sirleaf, and son of the President.

Costa and his sidekick, Woods Nyanton returned to the airwaves on The Costa Show, this time on a new platform operating on frequency 102.7, which they intend to call VOICE FM 102.7 "The Voice of the Voiceless" upon approval by the Ministry of Information.

Over its two and half years of being on the air, The Costa Show has earned many avid admirers at home and in the Diaspora. The show's fiery tone has lured powerful enemies within the Sirleaf-led government.

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