Nick Grace writes: SW Radio Africa is in crisis, station founder Gerry Jackson tells Clandestine Radio Watch in this week’s edition of Global Crisis Watch. The lack of international funding is leading to the closure of the station’s shortwave frequencies on Tuesday 31 May. SW Radio Africa’s situation, she said, “is very dire at the moment. Our last shortwave broadcast will be Tuesday… Thereafter, we can continue for one month on mediumwave. But shortwave is gone.”
Since 1980 Zimbabwe has been under the iron grip of President Robert Mugabe, cited recently by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as one of the world’s “outposts of tyranny.” The deficit of freedom in the country is among the world’s worst and has put Zimbabwe at the top of lists of human rights violators.
Leading up to elections earlier this year Mugabe received assistance from China, according to reports, to jam SW Radio Africa’s broadcasts. The jamming, which forced the station to transmit on additional frequencies, continues. Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, has also provided the regime with broadcasting assistance.
The loss of SW Radio Africa plays into the regime’s game, she said, and is exactly what Mugabe wants. “It gives Mugabe a completely open playing field,” she said. “We need more pressure, not less, and as it is he is like a chess master. He plays with the West… He wants absolute credibility and regional support. He’s just going to have an open season to get his message across… While everyone is talking about ’saving Africa,’ I just see the entire southern Africa region going down the tubes.”
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