23 Radio Stations Shut Down For Promoting Witchcraft
The stations’ licences were suspended by Ugandan authorities after they had guests on air who claimed they could heal diseases like HIV, Uganda Communications Commission spokesperson, Pamela Ankunda, said.
"The radios have been promoting witchcraft. People claimed on these radios to cure diseases like AIDS and cancer,’’ she said.
"These people have been fraudulently getting money from the public," she added.
"Their operations and licences have been suspended until they are able to assure the commission through writing that they will abide by the minimum broadcasting standards," Ankunda said.
She said that Uganda has 292 radio stations, mostly privately-owned.
It is not uncommon for various religious leaders, self-proclaimed prophets and traditional healers in Africa to claim being able to cure HIV and other incurable diseases.
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