The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

29 March 2008

Zimbabweans Ready To Vote In Rigged Election

TALK RADIO BRINGS HOPE

Radio-In-Exile Helps Zimbabweans Learn The Truth






*** UPDATE: VOTE-RIGGING UNDERWAY ***
*** MUGABE READY TO DECLARE HIMSELF WINNER ***
*** OPPOSITION CLAIMS LANDSLIDE VICTORY ***


It isn't easy watching Zimbabweans head to the polls today, hoping for one final chance to save their country from complete collapse.

Between thuggish dictator Robert Mugabe (supported by the American left for years), mass starvation, hyperinflation and the brutal intimidation of anyone who dares to oppose his racist regime, news reports can be hard to stomach.

Just yesterday, for example, 10 children were arrested merely for playing an anti- Mugabe song.

Now, what's left of its citizenry will vote in an election that was stolen in advance, with little hope of bringing down Mugabe and restoring any semblance of a functioning economy. Unemployment currently stands at 80% or more and few people can afford to buy anything. Millions have fled to South Africa and other countries.


Despite the misery, there are many exiled citizens who do believe their country can be restored to its former glory, once one of the most successful African states. And without a functioning free press at home, it's up to them to provide the truth to as many as possible.

Here in America, we are lucky to have talk radio programming to provide opposition voices, but Zimbabweans have no such opportunity.

Instead, it is up to broadcasters thousands of miles away to bring those voices to the people.


Utilizing several shortwave frequencies, SW Radio Africa has established itself as a key source of news and talk content to bypass government- controlled media. In addition, its website provides continual updates on the latest atrocities occurring inside the country. They seem determined to restore hope to their once- proud land.

But Mugabe has gone as far as to confiscate radios in order to keep the public from hearing their transmissions. His regime has also jammed SW Radio Africa's signal, forcing them to switch frequencies in order to remain a step ahead of the government. The jamming devices were built by Communist China.

This effort drained the station's financial resources and it has since struggled to survive.


While we take press freedom for granted, potentially even to allow a new Democrat regime to shut down talk radio via the Fairness Doctrine's reimposition, others make huge sacrifices just to give their people the truth.

Even more heroic are those who dare to oppose the regime in public, despite the risk to themselves and their families.

Western rulers have been afraid to take decisive action against Zimbabwe's thugs for years, aided by a general lack of awareness of the issue in America. Will the misery finally become so severe that we can no longer ignore it?


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1 Comments:

  • But Mugabe has gone as far as to confiscate radios in order to keep the public from hearing their transmissions. His regime has also jammed SW Radio Africa's signal, forcing them to switch frequencies in order to remain a step ahead of the government.

    In America, they call this the 'Fairness Doctrine.'

    By Blogger V the K, at 29 March, 2008 06:59  

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