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Cablegate: Somalia - Puntland Administration Re-Instates Voa

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RR RUEHDE RUEHROV RUEHTRO
DE RUEHNR #2156 2860916
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 130916Z OCT 09
FM AMEMBASSY NAIROBI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1287
INFO RUCNSOM/SOMALIA COLLECTIVE
RUEKDIA/DIA WASHDC
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RHMFIUU/CJTF HOA

UNCLAS NAIROBI 002156

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT FOR AF/E

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM KDEM PGOV SOCI SO
SUBJECT: SOMALIA - PUNTLAND ADMINISTRATION RE-INSTATES VOA
SOMALIA SERVICE

REF: NAIROBI 2116

(SBU) Summary: Following a series of telephone conversations
with Puntland Administration officials (reftel), the Puntland
Ministry of Information and Telecommunications on October 9
permitted VOA Somalia Service to resume broadcasting. (Note:
The Administration on October 1 had ordered Puntland FM
radio stations not to transmit VOA Somalia Service
broadcasts.) The Puntland Administration nevertheless
continued to insist that its complaints of biased coverage by
VOA Somalia Service remained and asked that the Somalia
Service's reporting be investigated. Somalia Unit's
Somali-speaking staff has verified that VOA Somalia Service
resumed broadcasting as of October 9.
RANNEBERGER

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