Zimbabwe ranks 135 out of a possible 180 countries on the World Press Freedom Index.
The clandestine station, Shortwave Radio Africa, announced today that it will end shortwave radio broadcasts to Zimbabwe. As we’ve posted before, Zimbabwe is a country that does not exactly embrace free press. Indeed, Mugabe has even been known to order the confiscation of self-powered shortwave radios from citizens.
I have a hunch this closure is due to financial constraints. I’ve pasted SWRA’s announcement below:
SWRA shortwave broadcasts to end
SW Radio Africa
17th 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.