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Militants ban music from Somali radio

Associated Press / April 14, 2010

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MOGADISHU, Somalia — Rock, rap, and love songs once filled the airwaves in Somalia’s war-torn capital, one of the few pleasures residents had. But Islamist militants ordered music off the air yesterday, labeling it un-Islamic in a hard-line edict.

Stations immediately complied, fearful of the harsh punishment militants mete out here: amputations and stonings. The edict is the latest unpopular order from the Islamists, who also have banned bras, musical ringtones, and movies.

More than a dozen radio stations complied with the order by the militant group Hizbul Islam, the National Union of Somali Journalists said.

Somalis in Mogadishu can still listen to music on two stations: one governmentcontrolled, the other UN funded.