Posted: 14 Apr 2010"At least 14 radio stations here in the capital stopped airing music Tuesday, heeding an ultimatum by an Islamist insurgent group to stop playing songs or face 'serious consequences.' The threat left radio stations scrambling to scrub even the briefest suggestion of music from their daily programming. 'Bam! Bam! Bam!' — the sound of gunshots that Somalis in Mogadishu have grown accustomed to hearing for decades — was played by Radio Shabelle on its daily news broadcast to replace the music it usually uses to introduce the segment. Similarly odd sounds — like the roar of an engine, a car horn, animal noises and the sound of water flowing — were used to announce programs on some of the other radio stations that stopped playing music. 'We have replaced the music of the early morning program with the sound of the cock, replaced the news music with the sound of the firing bullet and the night program of News Series with the sound of running horses,' said Osman Abdullahi Guure, the director of Radio Shabelle radio and TV, one of the most influential radio stations in Mogadishu. ... Many residents expressed dismay at the new restrictions. “We are really losing of all hope of life,” said Hashi Abdullahi, who listens to music on the radio. The insurgents have 'punished our life with bullets, and today they are punishing us by a ban on all types of music,' he said. ... Still, at least two radio stations remained independent of the ban. The government owned Radio Mogadishu and another station, Radio Bar-Kulan, which is mostly produced in Kenya, continued playing music." Mohammed Ibraham, New York Times, 13 April 2010.
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