South Sudan’s First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, discussed the possible reopening of two radio stations affected during the conflict. The top government official expressed the need for radio to help disseminate the messages of peace to the people. Dr. Machar makes assurance on the safety of journalists and radio this time.
Chris Marol is the Chief Executive Officer of The Radio Community, a national media NGO that runs a network of community-based radio stations in South Sudan. He says the two destroyed stations include Naath FM in Unity and Sobat FM, Nasir County in Upper Nile State.
He says the community needs the information most, and his discussion with the First Vice President was to find ways of rebuilding the radio again.
” The Vice President was inquiring about the two-community radio stations run by The Radio Community and affected by the conflict. The community needs those stations to find out when they can be established again to inform the community in those areas. I was able to brief the Vice President about the plan to make sure these stations can get back on air”.
Marol further called for donor support to fund the radio project. He said his organization needs help from international partners to ensure those stations get back to allow community access information.
” At the moment, The Radio Community may not have funding that is needed for them to reopening those two radio stations. And there is a need for those stations to be open. It is our calls for international partners supporting media in South Sudan and the First Vice President if he can chat with international partners to see how best to keep the media in South Sudan,” He said.
The Radio Community (TRC) is a national non-governmental organization established in 2015 to run a network of community-based radio stations with support from USAID.