Thursday, May 31, 2018
Radio Dabanga, in cooperation with Free Press Unlimited, launches a crowdfunding campaign to support the Sudanese radio station. The radio station needs money urgently, to continue operating as the only independent and free news organisation for Sudan.

The goal of the campaign is to raise 45 thousand euros; sufficient to have the station operate until the official celebration of its 10-year anniversary in December this year. Participants in the crowdfunding campaign for Radio Dabanga can donate airtime: from 10 euros for two minutes to 290 euros for a full hour broadcast via https://gogetfunding.com/radio-dabanga/  The campaign will run from the 31st of May to the 1st of July.

Muzzling of free press

Radio Dabanga boasts 2.3 million listeners per day and is forced to broadcast from Amsterdam. In Sudan, journalists are threatened, persecuted and intimidated by the security service. The government does not allow for a free press. Dabanga is the only independent news source in a country full of conflicts, epidemics and threatening food crises, led by a president accused of war crimes by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

To tell the truth

Ibrahim Jadelkarim is one of the editors of Radio Dabanga who fled from Sudan, and now reports Sudan’s news from the studio in Amsterdam. ‘I came here in 1997 as a political refugee. I started to work for Radio Dabanga because I want to help my people in Sudan and I want to tell the truth and Dabanga is the only radio that depicts what is really happening in Sudan. The information we give helps people and can make the difference between life and death.’

Lifesaving news

In the conflict regions of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile, the army and rebels regularly attack each other and the civilian population suffers from air raids. Here Radio Dabanga plays an important role in providing information about safety and family reunion. Dabanga also saves lives by reporting health information about the infectious disease cholera; while the government persecutes anyone who even mentions the the word cholera.

Dabanga deserves support

Director of Free Press Unlimited, Leon Willems; ‘Radio Dabanga is a modern, independent, professional news organization that deserves full support. I urge anyone who is committed to a free press and freedom of speech even in the most difficult circumstances, to contribute.’