By now, Radio Dabanga has been the only reliable source of news for and about Darfur and Sudan for years. A source of hope for the Darfuri in Darfur and in the refugee camps in Chad and the Central African Republic. For the rest of the world it is the only source of information about Darfur and the other conflict zones in Sudan. International media and aid organisations depend on Radio Dabanga for the latest news on the region, too.
News as a basic necessity of life
Managed and facilitated by Free Press Unlimited, Radio Dabanga provides the people in Darfur with daily information that answers questions like: where are the fights, where can I go and where is my family? Radio Dabanga broadcasts two and a half hours every day in Arabic and 5 different local languages. As it is too dangerous to operate from Sudan itself, the editorial office is situated in Amsterdam. In Darfur and Chad, an extensive network of reporters, stringers and citizen journalists commit themselves to collect the most important news every day. After thorough verification the news is compiled by the editorial board in Amsterdam and broadcast in Sudan via shortwave and satellite television.
The only reliable source of information
In December 2013, Radio Dabanga celebrated its fifth anniversary and Free Press Unlimited organised an event in De Balie in Amsterdam. Aicha Elbasri, former UNAMID Sudan spokesperson talked about her experiences with Radio Dabanga and the importance of Radio Dabanga for the region. Elbasri: “With a government that regularly refuses independent media access to Darfur and with the Sudanese media suffering censorship or self-censorship, Radio Dabanga has been the most important source of uncensored information on developments in the field since its start.”
Radio Dabanga was founded in 2008 by a coalition of Sudanese journalists, a number of international NGOs and the members of the Dutch campaign Tot Zover Darfur (“Darfur so far”).