Palestinian Authority Lifts Ban on Love and Peace Radio

Published May 10th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Palestinian "Love and Peace" radio station went back on the air Wednesday after the intervention of Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, six days after the PA ordered it closed in a move criticized by human rights groups, AFP reported. 

Front-page advertisements in all three of the major Palestinian newspapers thanked Arafat for allowing the private station to re-open, after it was forcibly shut by police last Thursday for broadcasting an interview with an opposition activist who accused Arafat's authority of inefficiency. 

Police did not, however, release the man interviewed by the station, Omar Assaf, who was arrested hours after his criticism was broadcast, added the agency. 

Assaf accused Arafat's Palestinian Authority of inefficiency in administering its 100 million dollar education budget and complained that it was not being used for education. 

Palestinian police chief Ghazi Jabali said at the time of Assaf's arrest that the Ramallah-based station would be closed temporarily for violating the conditions of its registration by "transmitting false information." 

AFP said that Assaf will be tried on charges of spreading lies and rumors about the PA and making false accusations - 


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