Stockholm – Some listeners to commercial
radio station Mix Megapol in Sweden heard 30 minutes of an
Islamic State propaganda song on Friday after hackers took over
the station’s frequency, the station’s owners said.
Mix Megapol is one of Sweden’s biggest radio stations with
around 1.4 million listeners daily, although the problem
affected only listeners in the southern Swedish city of Malmo.
“Somebody interfered with our frequency using a pirate
transmitter,” Jakob Gravestam, Marketing Director at Bauer Media
Group, which owns Mix Megapol, said in a press release.
“We will report the incident to police and to the National
Post and Telecom Agency.”
The song, with male voices singing in English, featured
lyrics such as: “For the sake of Allah we will march to gates of
the paradise where our maidens await. We are men who love death
just as you love your life, we are soldiers who fight in the day
and the night.”
The hosts of popular morning show ‘Anders & Gry with
Friends’ did not notice the problem until listeners called in
and asked what was going on.
“A lot of people have called us about this. We are very
happy that people are vigilant and we treat this very
seriously,” Gravestam told website 24Malmo.