December 3, 2005

Central African Republic bans music of misogyny

BANGUI (Reuters) - Central African Republic has ordered
radio and television stations to stop broadcasting songs which
encourage men to dump their wives, saying such music is a
hindrance to the country's development.

Broadcasters had been told not to play any music which
might inspire Central African men to look for new partners if
the ones they were married to no longer satisfied their needs,
interim Communications Minister Fidele Ngoundgika said.

"It's out of the question that music of misogynist
character should be allowed to ride roughshod over questions of
equality and the respect of the Central African woman,"
Ngoundgika said.

"The Central African woman is a key part of the country's
development," he told reporters.

Polygamy is legal in the former French colony, one of the
world's poorest countries, with men allowed to marry up to four
wives. Women only gained the right to vote in 1986 and female
genital mutilation, although outlawed, is common in rural