RURA revokes Amazing Grace Radio license

The Rwandan Utilities Authority (RURA) has today revoked the broadcasting license of Amazing Grace Christian Radio.

A statement from RURA indicates that the radio station has been ordered to complete the process of closing in two days from today.

The Revocation follows failure by Amazing Grace Christian Radio to comply with RURA’s instructions given after a sermon was aired by the Radio on 29th January 2018, in which a radio presenter Nicolas Niyibikora, repeatedly insulted women referring to them as evil. This broadcast followed a pattern of radio shows insulting other religious beliefs.

“The conduct of the Amazing Grace Radio violated article 21(4A and 4B) of Regulation No 004/R/MR-MCA/RURA/2017 of 30 June 2017 governing Broadcasting services in Rwanda, in regard to upholding public morality and Rwandan culture and values in general,” reads the statement from RURA.

Following the breach of the above regulations, RURA imposed sanctions against Amazing Grace Radio, which included making an apology to the public, by correcting the aired program, a one-month suspension of the radio and a fine of two million francs (Rwf2.000.000)

A letter was sent requesting an explanation for non-compliance after Amazing Grace Radio ignored RURA’s instructions. The reasons given in their response were found to be unsatisfactory.

Consequently, RURA has decided to revoke the license for providing broadcasting services and the radio communicating license issued to Amazing Grace Christian Radio.

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