SWRA shortwave broadcasts to end

via SWRA shortwave broadcasts to end | The Zimbabwean 18 July 2014

It is with regret that SW Radio Africa announces that after 13 years our shortwave broadcasts are to end on Friday 18th July.

You have welcomed us into your homes since our first shortwave broadcast on 19th December 2001.

Our broadcasts will continue on our website, via Channel Zim through TV decoders, and by various other forms of new media.

We know how much these shortwave broadcasts have meant to our listeners in more remote areas who have so little access to news and information, and we sincerely regret that we will no longer be able to provide this service.

We would like to thank our listeners who have been such loyal supporters for so many years and also for their willingness to share the stories of their lives with us on our Callback program. This has allowed people all over the world to have a better understanding of the many crises that Zimbabweans continue to face.

We can only hope that one day, sooner rather than later, there is real media freedom that allows Zimbabweans, wherever they are in the country, easy access to what is a basic human right – freedom of information and expression.

COMMENTS

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    publicprotector 7 years ago

    A basic Hunan Right is that the public have a right to truth in the media, propaganda as has been the policy of SWRA is not even close to a human right for journalists to share.
    Unfortunately, the media ethics have deteriorated locally to the worst example in the world we need more arrests for offences such as terrorism and economic sabotage to enforce media/journalistic responsibility and form a deterrent.
    Those journalists externally engaging in such should be arrested on return to Zimbabwe.
    Those journalists who make up damaging stories for financial reward will eventually be out of work as propaganda funding dries up, and should pay for their deeds, which have cause economic hardship for many, resident in Zimbabwe.

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      You we will certainly see in Khami.. One day. You can count on it.

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      Reverend 7 years ago

      Good grief man! You really have no idea what you are talking about…You need to shake your head really hard and try to dislodge your little brain that is probably stuck somewhere.

      Whats the reason SW ? Did someone get to you guys?

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      Kevin Watson 7 years ago

      Ever heard of freedom of speech. Idiot.

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    Petal 7 years ago

    No reason given?? Bet u Bob has had a hand in it

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    Maybe its from a burnout if not frustration of helping the tardy who can’t realise someone is sacrificing for them and they can’t be infinite on ending their quagmire.Someone else needs to be helped after us

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    Doris 7 years ago

    So sad. We have always relied on sw to give us the truth. What do we do now?

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    No doubt because donor funding dried up. The west is trying to become more friendly with Zimbabwe and so is defunding many of the pro democracy enterprises they funded over the years.

    SWRA did a great job over the years but it was always going to come to this eventually. Those people who gave years of their lives to the struggle against ZANU-PF brutality, corruption and incompetence have been abandoned. That is the way of things.

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      Kevin Watson 7 years ago

      Who do we have to thank for that, the MDC leadership who were too stupid and naïve to make sure that the GPA was fully implemented and operating for some years before allowing an election. The Western World realises that Tsvangirai is as useless as the corrupt criminals in ZANU PF.

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    I sincerely hope that its not because the West is trying to cozy up to Mugabe.
    Otherwise, we are finished.

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    Thank you SW Radio … for 13 years a voice that reached out and brought some perspective to the boring one-sided broadcasting propaganda that is foisted on the population.
    We too hope that one day there will be real media freedom in Zimbabwe and that Zimbabweans will be able to freely receive information and to publicly express their opinions without fear.

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    pro truth 7 years ago

    This is a tragedy for truth. The donars cosying up to ZANU in their re-engagement program is a betrayal of truth and justice in Zimbabwe. How can broadcasters based locally speak the truth when they will be arrested, threatened and closed down if they do?

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    Petal 7 years ago

    Dont Despair guys look what happened to zimbabwe situation they wre also calling it a day – sure weall released our positive energies and prayed to the almighty and behold someone took over the reins – lets do the same for SW? Everything is possible with the one upstairs the one we pray to