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Minsk's Autoradio is Taken Off the Air


Belarus -- Minsk-based Autoradio's logo.

Belarus -- Minsk-based Autoradio's logo.

A Minsk-based radio station that broadcast
campaign adverts for opposition presidential candidates has been taken off the
air after its license was canceled, RFE's Belarus Service reports.

Autoradio went off the air just after noon local time today, a day after the
National Commission for Broadcasting canceled its broadcasting license.

"The commission's decision cancels the right of Autoradio to broadcast from the
ground in connection with 'its failure to stick to its declared programming
concept and the dissemination of information that contained public appeals for
extremist actions,'" Autoradio said in a statement.

During the campaign for last month's presidential election, Autoradio broadcast
some campaign material of opposition candidates Andrey Sannikau and Uladzimer
Nyaklyaeu. The material was broadcast as advertisements under formal contracts
with the two candidates.

Autoradio also said in its statement that there were no objections to those
broadcasts during the election campaign from either the Central Election
Commission or the Ministry of Information.

Autoradio said it will appeal the cancellation of its license in court.

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RFE's Belarus Service and O wire compiled this report.
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