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Ukrainian Authorities Shut Down Radio Station

Kyiv, 3 March 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Ukrainian authorities today shut down a radio station that had been rebroadcasting news by foreign radio organizations.

Radio Kontinent, a station that supports Ukraine's political opposition, was rebroadcasting programs from Voice of America, the BBC, Deutsche Welle, Polish Radio, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

Pavel Slobodianiuk, deputy director with Ukrchastonahlyad -- the state agency responsible for assigning radio frequencies -- said Kontinent was removed from the air because it had been in violation of statutes for more than one year.

Kontinent General Director Serhiy Sholokh said he plans to appeal the matter in local courts.

The station's broadcasts are still available -- but with poorer quality -- on an AM radio band.

On 17 February, the Ukrainian FM Radio Dovira network dropped RFE/RL's Ukrainian programs from its airwaves. Radio Dovira broadcasts to Kyiv and other cities across Ukraine.