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Sudan launches Radio Peace

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January 5, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan launched today a new radio station called Radio Assalam, or Peace Radio aiming to strengthen the national unity in the country and spread the spirit of reconciliation in the country.

First Vice-President of the Republic and President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has lauded the establishment of radio peace which was officially launched today.

Addressing the launching ceremony at the headquarters of Sudan Broadcasting Corporation over phone from Juba, Mayardit said the new radio station was established due to the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the country. The vice-president praised the role of Sudan radio in uniting the people’s vision.

He appealed to Radio Peace to work towards strengthening peace, unity, freedom and democracy in the country.

The ceremony was also addressed by the minister of cabinet affairs, Pagan Amum, who said he’s hopeful that peace will prevail in the whole country especially Darfur. He added that the new radio peace is an added advantage to the Sudanese people in their quest to strengthen peace and move away from war towards peace and development.

Amum said he is hopeful that radio peace would spread the culture of peace and co-existence between the Sudanese people.

The launching ceremony was attended by the minister of information Zahawe Ibrahim Malik.

The radio will broadcast in Arabic and English, and local languages in the country.

The purposes of Radio Salam project include exposure of the various aspects of the different cultures in the country through talks show, artists. Also it aims to breaking of stereotypes existing on both sides.

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  • 6 January 2008 04:44, by Victoria Naculya

    That is a very good idea Mr. Kirr. But I am wondering, how can this radio peace reach those who do not know English and Arabic, especially our people in the villages? And the poor people who do not have electricity, radio and can not even afford to buy batteries every week or day? If you can also provide them with the accessories and language they need, am sure radio peace will be of a great benefit. And by the way, radio peace alone is not enough, action is need also. Thanks.
    victorianaculya@yahoo.com

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  • 6 January 2008 17:14, by Justin Chicago opiny

    The Establishment of Sudan Radio peace or peace Radio is one step forward. We have what we call community centres in various localities across the country or introduce youth centres across the country where these young people will have access to Radio and television broadcasting peace messages.

    Not only that civic education lesson has to be introduced in primary schools across the country specifically based on peace. It is the young people that should be targeted. Too many languages and cultures may make it a little difficult ,but that should not stop progress . Emphasis should be put more in the use of English and Arabic as the lingua franca at a national level this way the unity of Sudan will succeed. No forced use of a certain language should be forced on the other. If that does not work then come up with other modalities. It is not a easy road to peace.

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  • 7 January 2008 13:58, by John Mou

    Launching of Radio Al-Salaam, or Radio Peace at this particular time has nothing to do with strengthening of the national unity or building of reconciliation among the people of Sudan as this will only give more opportunity to those who think that the National Radio and TV belong to the north,especially Khartoum State.
    Why not use both National Radio and TV based in Omdurman for that purpose? Why local languages are not heard on the National Radio which is widely heard all over the Sudan? This is not the time to turn the eyes and ears of the marginalized people away from their national rights.

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    • 8 January 2008 09:54, by Urbano Tito Tipo

      Radio Al-Salam is mouth piece for NCP used for misinformation during the war. It was stationed in Malakal then moved to Khartoum when South Sudan radio took over Malakal Radio. Southerners who were working for this radio were against peace by then. We hope this time this radio will work for real peace since it was prodoxically opened by high level SPLM dignitories. We also it was not being reactivated to counter-act Miraya Radio in Juba which has become very popular among the citizens in the south.

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