Radio Dabanga

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Radio Dabanga
Broadcast area Sudan
Frequency 0430-0527 UTC: 13600 kHz + 13730 kHz, 1530-1727 UTC: 11500 kHz + 13730 kHz. Daily
First air date November 15, 2008
Language(s) Arabic, Darfuri Arabic, Fur, Masalit, Zaghawa
Owner Free Press Unlimited

Radio Dabanga (also: Radio Darfur) is a shortwave radio station which serves the Darfur area of western Sudan. It has been broadcasting in local languages since December 1, 2008, initially for an hour each day and currently for three hours. The broadcasts feature news in standard Arabic, Darfuri Arabic, Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa.

Program listings[edit]

News, Topic of the day, Frankly Speaking, Press Review, Hababkum Darfur ("We Greet Darfur"), and a justice program, Fi Al Mizan ("On the Scale"). Hababkum Darfur, a weekly program aired since April 9, 2009, allows callers to send greetings across the airwaves to listeners in other places. On the Scale is a weekly radio programme co-produced by Radio Dabanga and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. It focuses on local and international justice issues. Occasionally, drama programmes are also broadcast over Radio Dabanga. [1]


Radio Dabanga reports from inside Sudan and elsewhere. It produces independent news and relevant information for people of Darfur, including internally displaced persons and refugees. The editorial team operates out of facilities at Radio Netherlands Worldwide, a public radio and television network based in the city of Hilversum. [2] The radio station maintains correspondents in the field. Audience participation is another important source of information since listeners call the radio studios in Hilversum with their own stories and tips. Audience research conducted from September to October 2009 found that next to the state-run Radio Omdurman, Radio Dabanga was the most listened to radio station in all of Darfur. [3]


Radio Dabanga is a project of the Radio Darfur Network, a coalition of Sudanese journalists and international (media) development organizations, supported by a consortium of international donors, humanitarian organizations and local non-governmental organizations. Radio Dabanga is conceived, operated and facilitated by Free Press Unlimited in the Netherlands. [4] The current editor-in-chief is Hildebrand Bijleveld. [5]


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