Thursday, August 22, 2019
Since December 2018 Sudan has been torn apart by protests against the long-serving ruler Omar al-Bashir. In April al-Bashir was overthrown, but Sudan has been in a political crisis since. Radio Dabanga followed the situation closely to inform everyone in Sudan about the events.   

In early August, Sudan took the first steps towards a democratic future when the military and the opposition reached an agreement about a transitional government. But after decades of conflict, peace and stability are still a long way off. During these turbulent and uncertain times Radio Dabanga has one mission: provide everyone in Sudan with reliable information about the situation in their country.

Access to information

According to the latest UNESCO data, the illiteracy rate for people above 15 years in Sudan is approximately 45 percent. Only around 5 million of the 42 million inhabitants of Sudan have access to internet. On top of that, both the Sudanese government and the militia which overthrew the government shut down the internet multiple times when clashes with protesters turned bloody.

Radio is in many cases the only type of media which can overcome the obstacles people in Sudan face to accessing information. The broadcasts from Radio Dabanga reach the whole country via shortwave radio frequencies from undisclosed locations. This allows the radio station to avoid government censorship and provide independent news to people in even the most remote areas of Sudan without disruptions. 

The whole story

Most (international) media only have stringers in the capital, Khartoum and only report on the conflicts happening there. Radio Dabanga receives information from every corner of the country. A wide variety of sources ranging from citizen journalists, to local stringers, trade unions and even the organisers of the protests reach out to the editorial staff of Radio Dabanga.

Radio Dabanga is the sole provider of independent news for people in Sudan listening via shortwave radio. Its staff are based in the Netherlands, since 2008 because Sudan’s repressive media climate does not allow for independent reporting. Since the protests of December 2018 the editorial staff has worked overtime to report on the horrific events happening in their home country.