US funds anti-Boko Haram satellite channel

The USA’s State Department is reportedly financing a 24-hour channels devoted to to countering the influence of Islamic terror group Boko Haram. The channel, called Arewa-24 (North-24) is targeting Nigerian viewers especially those in the North of the country. It would use the Hausa language common in the region.

The New York Times says the new television channel,is financed by the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, and it is expected to cost about $6 million. The NYT adds that State Department officials would discuss the programme only on the condition of anonymity, and offered sparse information about their plans but details have emerged in publicly available contracting documents and in interviews with people familiar with the effort.

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