Melbourne LGBTI radio station JOY 94.9 has defiantly said it “won’t be silenced” after staff were forced to evacuate its studios after receiving a bomb threat on Tuesday night.
The radio station said they received a threatening email on Tuesday evening, and they remained on-air until their Melbourne headquarters were cleared by Victoria Police and the 30 volunteers who were on site could return.
The radio station’s president Jed Gilbert and CEO Tennille Moisel strongly condemned the threat against the station and against the LGBTI community.
“JOY will continue to remain open, producing radio, and welcoming volunteers who are passionate about our purpose and values, including people from many sexualities, genders and backgrounds,” they said.
— JOY 94.9 (@JOY949) September 21, 2016
“Our communities have faced many threats over the years, and this latest one will not silence one of the only LGBTI radio stations in the world.”
They said the radio station provides a platform for many views, including about marriage equality and the proposed plebiscite.
“This threat last night highlights the damage that can be done through a divisive public debate about our community’s aspiration to be equal members of society,” Gilbert and Moisel said.
“JOY will now remain on a heightened security alert, however, we will continue to remain open and producing great radio.”