Thursday, 28 January 2010

[creative-radio] Community radio stations obliterated, off the air in Haiti


RT @mediamentor: 16 Community #radio stations obliterated, off the air in
#Haiti Committee to Protect Journalists
& face serious problems


More than two weeks after earthquake that devastated Haiti, several
community radio stations are still off the air. In the western and
southeastern parts of the country, at least 16 stations are facing serious
problems that have suspended their broadcasts, Sony Esteus, executive
director of SAKS, a local organization of community radio stations, told
CPJ. The earthquake obliterated SAKS' office in the Bourdon neighborhood,
east of Port-au-Prince.

• How to help

Community radio stations play a leading role in local news coverage in
Haiti's most remote communities, filling the void left by private radio
stations in the capital. Most of them operate with low power transmission
equipment—between 10 and 500 watts. SAKS has a network of around 30
community radio stations throughout Haiti and has made bringing them back
into operation its priority.


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