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Rwanda shuts radio for denigrating women

AFP  |  Kigali 

Rwanda's has ordered a US-owned Christian radio station shut for three months after a "vile" sermon against women, it has said.

The radio station, Amazing Grace FM, broadcast a sermon by local pastor on January 29, in which he called women dangerous, evil and against the plans of God.

The broadcast sparked outrage and prompted separate complaints from the and the Women's Association to the Media Commission, which oversees ethics.

"The sermon was denigrating women in the most vile manner," said in a statement on Monday, demanding the station and "issue a public apology for the damage they have caused."

The radio station is owned by American evangelist Gregg Schoof, who has been previously warned for airing inflammatory shows. Schoof said he condemned any denigration of women.

has exerted strong control over its media since the 1994 genocide when hate speech on radio stations were used to encourage killings.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 14:35 IST