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Television and radio station signals intercepted; radio station shut down for one day after reporting on resistance to the coup

(C-Libre/IFEX) - Since the return of ousted president Manuel Zelaya Rosales to the country, the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti has tried to maintain a stranglehold on the media, thus preventing the public from receiving adequate information. Canal 36 and Radio Globo's signals have been under almost constant interruption since 21 September 2009.

According to Canal 36 director Esdras Amado López, the station's signal was intercepted at around 5:30 a.m. on 21 September. There were power cuts at the station's studios and at the location where its transmission equipment is being held.

Similarly, Radio Globo's signal is also subject to intermittent power cuts. The noon broadcast of television programme "Hable como Habla" was also reportedly blocked.

In eastern Honduras, an manager of the Radio Estereo 1 station, en Danlí, said that the station was shut down on 21 September by the de facto government after supporters of Zelaya appeared on the show. The station was allowed to reopen the next day, 22 September, but was warned to censor all news of opposition to the coup.

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