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first_img @Benin State House RSF_en @RSF_Inter Organisation News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Benin’s High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC) to stop refusing to renew the licence of Soleil FM, an opposition radio station that has had to suspend broadcasting. December 18, 2019 Popular opposition radio station forced off the air in Benin Benin urged to implement findings of Working Group on Arbitrary Detention BeninAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment November 7, 2020 Find out more News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Newscenter_img News November 11, 2020 Find out more Op-ed urges Benin to end Digital Law threat to journalism The privately-owned radio station had to stop broadcasting at midnight on December 18 on orders from the HAAC, which notified it in a letter on the same day that its permit had “expired” because its renewal application, although submitted in good time, was not successful.  The HAAC said the person who signed the application, Soleil FM manager Jérôme Kassa, was not authorized to do this because the original permit was issued to the station’s owner, Sébastien Adjavon , a government opponent now living in self-imposed exile.  “We call on the authorities to rescind this decision at once,” said Assane Diagne, the director of RSF’s West Africa office. “It is clear that Soleil FM’s criticism of the government has been a source of annoyance, and that the grounds given for this decision are just a crude pretext for depriving the public of a source of information and for silencing dissent.”  Soleil FM is a very popular opposition station and this is not the first time it has had problems. Its signal has often been jammed in the past.   Benin is ranked 96th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. May 4, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts BeninAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment to go further Follow the news on Benin Help by sharing this information last_img read more