Where are the fights?
Managed and facilitated by Free Press Unlimited, Radio Dabanga provides the people in Darfur with daily information that answers the most urgent questions of listeners like: where are the fights, where do I find safety and where is my family? Radio Dabanga broadcasts one and a half hours every day in Arabic. Additionally, the station produces satellite television, keeps its website up-to-date and makes extensive use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and communicates through WhatsApp with vast numbers of individuals through a variety of different professional, geographic and thematic groups.
Studios in Amsterdam
The 10 editors in Amsterdam are supported by a widespread network of reporters, stringers, and citizen journalists that deliver the news from all over Sudan. Their audience consists of wide range of different groups: radio listeners in the countryside, satellite television audience in the cities and youth consuming social media. Moreover, humanitarian workers, lobbyists and South Sudanese entrepreneurs all assert the value of the broadcasts.
Recently, the editors introduced WhatsApp to their tools, causing a vast acceleration of the communication, not only with interested individuals but also with specialist groups as medics and civil servants. For almost ten years now, Radio Dabanga is the only reliable source of news for Sudan. A source of hope for the Darfuri in Darfur, for the Nuba in the Blue Nile region and for refugees in the camps in Chad, Uganda and the Central African Republic. Before 2013 Radio Dabanga's main focus was on conflict areas such as Darfur and the Blue Nile. Since then the station increasingly shifted to being a solid source of information for people in all parts of Sudan.
Free Press Unlimited support, why and how
Together with concerned journalists and representatives of NGOs, Free Press Unlimited was a founding father of Radio Dabanga in 2008. All contributors had one thing in mind, the interests of the local citizen in Sudan, his or her needs, concerns and curiosity. This is the Dabanga philosophy, basic needs and vital questions of ordinary people should always come first. Journalists should serve the people who have no say – certainly when they themselves are the subject of international news reports.
Free Press Unlimited enables a team of professional Sudanese journalists to do their jobs from the studios in Amsterdam independently. But Free Press Unlimited is a media development organisation and not a publisher. Also, it is the deep wish of the Radio Dabanga team to become a truly African owned media house. Therefore, both organisations strive for complete autonomy in the areas of finance, management and facilities for Radio Dabanga.
Radio Dabanga reaches over 2.3 million people through shortwave radio and about 1 million through satellite television on a daily basis. Social media figures: Facebook reaching 1.730.000 and Twitter 257.000 impressions. WhatsApp connects 25,000 directly and 133,000 indirectly.