Bürgerjournalismus im Sudan: Liberty Voice Radio

Bürgerjournalismus im Sudan: Liberty Voice Radio

world-radio-daySeit 2012 ist der 13. Februar Welttag des Radios, denn an diesem Tag im Jahr 1946 wurde das United Nations Radio gegründet. Auch wenn das Radio in der heutigen Zeit als veraltetes Medium betrachtet werden mag, soll an diesem Tag daran erinnert werden, dass dieses oft die einzige und zudem preiswerte Möglichkeit ist, um bestimmte Regionen mit Informationen zu versorgen.

Auch in diesem Jahr feierten weltweit Menschen diesen Tag. So auch die liberal-demokratische Partei des Sudans (LDP). Für Ende April kündigte sie die Erschaffung eines eigenen Radiosenders an. LIBERTY VOICE Radio soll sich dabei am Bürgerjournalismus orientieren. Was genau dahinter steckt beantworteten uns Mitglieder der Partei in einer Fragerunde.

To be honest I, like probably the majority of the people in western countries, do not know much about the political situation in Sudan. It would be nice if you could give us some information on the present state.

Sudan is facing comprehensive crisis in different aspects and levels, especially in economic and social aspects, which is the main reason for Sudans separation in 2011 and the persistence of the civil war conflict in Nuba Mountains, Darfur and the Blue Nile regions. The Sudan crisis roots in the lack of democracy, the lack of constitutional governance, corruption and the influence of the National Islamic Front that supports an Islamic state since 1989, the year when the NFC became the dominant party in Sudan through a military coup. – Adil Abdel Aati, Chairman of the LDP Political Council

What does the Liberal Democratic Party of Sudan want to change?

Our vision is to build a society free of racism and ethnic considerations. Respect for different cultures and religions, gender sensitivity, commitment to the rule of law, economic growth and citizens’ empowerment through sustainable growth and participatory governance. – Dr. Mayada Swar Aldahab Chairperson of LDP

A great number of your members are female and/or under the age of 35. Is this correct?

Most LDP members are below 35 years old, as well as female. Women are taking many leadership positions in our organizations structure. – Feda Eltayeb Abdalla, LDP Oganizational Officer

Do you think this makes it easier to adapt new forms of communication like Twitter or Facebook for your campaigns?

Our media plan is to spread out our goals and activities to a huge numbers of Sudanese people, also to consider the feedback from audience in order to improve our activity plan in the next stages. We are now starting to run our social media sites on Facebook and Twitter which goes hand in hand with others media tools. Making use of all media tools will help us to achieve our media objectives effectively. – Raid Abu Mo’men, LDP Media Coordinator

Which role do smartphones and social networks play in your culture? How and for what reasons are they commonly used?

As a part of international liberal political networks such as Africa Liberal Network (ALN) and Arab Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (AAFD), we believe in the importance of communicating our thoughts and activities to the entire world. Smartphones have taken the importance of telecommunication to a higher level as it is one really effective tool for expression, networking and audience building. Despite the fact that only 19% of Sudanese people have a smartphone most political and rights activists have their own smartphones, which makes the networking of sociopolitical events much easier than before. – Altaib Abdalsalam, LDP Culture Coordinator

By the end of April you plan to launch an online radio service. I guess, it will not be a 24/7 advertisement for promoting your party?

Liberty Voice Radio is going to broadcast 24/7, with a three hours program being repeated eight times per day so we will be able to broadcast 24 hours. Our program is going to cover many fields such as economical, social and political topics. It is not made to promote LDP agenda – rather to reflect general socioeconomic and political themes from a liberal point of view. – Muhannad Tondy, Liberty Voice Radio Coordinator

Could you please tell me a bit about the media landscape in your country? Is citizen journalism an important part of it?

National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) laws and practices are the most restrictive barriers for journalists and activists in Sudan. NISS violate the freedom of expression and speech and Sudan lacks citizen journalism. Our aim is to tackle all these challenges by the means of citizen journalism. – Muhannad Tondy, Liberty Voice Radio Coordinator

What will Liberty Voice Radio distinguish from others?

Liberty Voice Radio wants to reach all Sudanese communities to create a new platform beyond sophisticated and intellectual zones. – Wad Baraka Aatiya, LDP member

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