[IWPR] More than a million people in Darfur and Chad tune in to weekly justice radio programme.
Amid a crackdown on press freedom by the Sudanese government, a radio programme on justice issues, co-produced by IWPR and Dutch-based Radio Dabanga, continues to provide a rare source of impartial news to Darfuris and refugees in eastern Chad.
The On the Scale team: From Left to Right, Assadig Mustafa Zakaria Musa, Simon Jennings, Katy Glassborow and Tajeldin Abdhalla Adam
The weekly programme Fi al Mizan, or On the Scale, investigates justice issues affecting people’s everyday lives and is translated into Arabic as well as three local languages: Fur, Zaghawa and Masalit.
Airing in Sudan and eastern Chad, it reaches more than a million internally displaced persons, IDPs, residents and refugees on a weekly basis.
Not only has Khartoum attempted to block the station’s signal, but a Radio Dabanga contributor, Abdelrahman Adam Abdelrahman, was recently among a group of human rights activists arrested by the government. He is being held in detention without access to a lawyer or contact with his family. (See – The Perils of Reporting in Sudan)
Radio Dabanga’s production team – Tajeldin Abdhalla Adam, Assadig Mustafa Zakaria Musa, Katy Glassborow and Simon Jennings – who broadcast from The Netherlands due to Sudanese government censorship, say they are determined to continue providing impartial news.