By Bruno Manser Fund
We have been informed that Radio Free Sarawak has gone on air this morning. The new alternative radio station will broadcast two daily broadcasts on shortwave, presumably in Iban and Malay (Bahasa). It aims at Sarawak's rural communities who lack access to independent media. As you might know, the media in Sarawak are strictly controlled by an extremely corrupt state government under Abdul Taib Mahmud and the logging companies who own and control all major media outlets.
The transmission details of Radio Free Sarawak are as follows:
1st transmission: 0630-0730 local time (GMT +8) on 7590 kHz (short wave)
2nd transmission: 1800-1900 local time (GMT +8) on 15680 kHz (short wave)
The Radio Free Sarawak producers send us the following message:
"Please send the details to all your Sarawak friends so that they know the existence of the radio-which will become an alternative
news source to the Sarawakians, especially to those who stay in the interior. The folks in the interior have been fed with a monotonous 1-sided views from the ruling parties-if at all they can receive the TV and radio transmissions. So they need another avenue-and Radio Free Sarawak intends to fill in this gap."
With best wishes,
Your BMF team