Choice FM Threatens to Sue Broadcasting Council

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Choice FM, a private radio station in Gulu has threatened to sue the Broadcasting Council over its closure three weeks ago. The radio station was closed on March 13, after the Broadcasting Council accused the management of the station of creating public insecurity. The broadcasting council said that the station had flouted the minimum standards expected for radio stations. The Broadcasting Council also accused the station's management of failing to submit a recording of a talk show programme, hosted on February 28th, in which it is alleged that harmful propaganda was broadcast. The station's lawyer, Jude Ogik said that they have served the Council with an intention to sue and they are waiting for a response. He said they were among other things seeking compensation for losses suffered by the radio since its closure. The secretary of the Broadcasting Council, Kagole Kivumbi said the Council had not withdrawn the station's license, but was asking for the details of its equipment, before the station can be allowed to resume operations.