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."