Tunisia: LGBT radio goes online in Tunisia despite threats

TUNIS (AFP) - An online radio station catering for the LGBT community, believed to be the first of its kind in the Arab world, started broadcasting in Tunisia on Monday (Dec 18). The outlet - set up by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights group Shams - aims to tackle deep-rooted hostility in the North African state, where homosexuality is officially illegal.

The slogan of Shams Rad station is "dignity, equality" and its presenters include prominent activists, but those behind it have still reported receiving threats. It intends "to sensitise the people of Tunisia, ordinary citizens and political decision makers about homophobia in society and to defend individual liberties", said director general Bouhdid Belhadi.

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