UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - AFRICAN STUDIES CENTER
Reporters sans frontieres (RSF) has set up a new radio station in Rwanda as a service to refugees, reports the September 1994 issue of RSF's "La Lettre". The station, Radio Gatashya, was instituted as a direct response to the violent propaganda emitted by Radio des Milles Collines which provoked the killing spree that has evolved into genocide. Radio Gatashya went on air on 5 August 1994 in Goma, after overcoming a number of political and technical problems, such as a lack of electricity or access to the airwaves.
Billed as "humanitarian radio," Radio Gatashya has a range that extends throughout the refugee camps in Goma and Bukavu where it is badly needed. It acts as an emergency service, for example, by telling refugees not to drink the water. RSF's Chantal de Casabianca writes, "All that remains is to gain the confidence of the refugees. On a continent like Africa where radio is usually laden with propaganda, that is not an easy task."
Radio Gatashya is sanctioned by the United Nations High
Commission for Refugees (HCR), which has given over the basement
of its offices for the use of the station. The HCR has received
requests from other humanitarian organizations to encourage the
instalment of similar radio stations elsewhere because radio is
the most efficacious medium by which to transmit information in
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To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: New radio in Rwanda
An item from the Media in Development list. By the sound of it this must be on FM, but perhaps interesting nonetheless.
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