My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Most radio stations in Somalia stop the music.....

They listen to the Islamists....
A majority of radio stations in southern and central Somalia today stopped playing music and jingles, to comply with a ban by Islamist militants.

Hizbul Islam, one of the two main insurgent forces in Somalia, issued the order on April 3, saying music broadcasts violated Islamic principles. It gave FM radio stations -- the main form of news and entertainment in the country -- 10 days to comply or be shut down.

Islamic groups have previously outlawed music in some areas under their control, along with beards, football, movies, women's beauty salons and bras. The latest ban on all tunes -- including those used in commercials -- appears to be the most widely applied yet, and indicative of the rebels' ability to instil fear.

In the capital, Mogadishu, where there are 16 FM radio stations, only the government-controlled Radio Mogadishu, which is protected by African Union peacekeepers, and the UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan, whose studio is in Nairobi, resisted the order.

"I've listened to three of my regular stations today, and there's no music at all," said Abdulkadir Khalif, a Mogadishu resident. "There's not even a jingle."


Blogger Patsplace said...

F'n savages!!

1:52 AM  
Blogger Thucydides said...

Time to roll out some weapons of cultural mass destruction.

Paying for old ships to be converted to "pirate" radio stations steaming offshore and broadcasting music, stories and unfiltered news 24/7 would attract lots of listeners, and if the Jihadis were to try to confiscate all radios, they would find their support base severely eroded (while the radio stations would erode their support so long as they operate unfettered).

Mass airdrops of cheap FM radio sets (the type that operate by turning a hand crank) would also undercut the Jihadis.

Time to start fighting back creatively

7:09 AM  

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