Staff at new gay radio station face death threats

Bombarded with death threats, the head of Tunisia’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) online radio station on Wednesday refused to stop his efforts to promote tolerance in a country where homosexuality is illegal.

Bouhdid Belhedi, the executive director of Shams, a local LGBT rights group, started up Shams Rad with support from the Dutch embassy in Tunis to build a community to discuss human rights, equality and justice.

Even LGBT rights activists are, according to Amnesty International, targeted for “abuse and harassment,” such as a court of first instance order to suspend Shams activity. The accusation was that they had committed a crime by claiming that they “intended to defend homosexuals,”

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