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Rwanda 'shuts radio for denigrating women'

Author: Jasmine Arku

Rwanda's media watchdog has ordered a three-month shut down of a US-owned Christian radio station after it broadcast a sermon against women, it told the AFP news agency.

"The sermon was denigrating women in the most vile manner," commission chief Edmund Kagire told AFP.

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

The National Women's Association and the Women's Journalist Association to the Rwanda Media Commission, which oversees journalist ethics, both complained about the broadcast.

The radio station is owned by American evangelist Gregg Schoof, who said he condemned any denigration of women.