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Live from London: the end of Zimbabwe’s independent exile radio

 Freelance 15 September 2019

The pioneering exiled independent radio station SW Radio Africa has been forced to pull the plug after thirteen years on the air. The “pirate” station was started in Zimbabwe in 2000 by journalist Gerry Jackson, who won a court case to make independent radio legal after being fired by the state broadcaster for criticising the government. Just six days after her first broadcast, Jackson’s equipment was seized and destroyed by armed guards and Jackson fled to the UK where she and her team broadcast to Zimbabwe from exile in London. Freelance reporter Danielle Batist charts the final days of SW Radio Africa, who challenged the dictatorship of President Robert Mugabe and gave a voice to the millions suffering dire poverty in Africa. Jackson speaks about a great loss of hope following last year’s rigged elections that allowed Mugabe to stay in power. (2308 Words) - By Danielle Batist

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Zimbabweans listen to a radio for an announcement of election results in Umguza April 1, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Emmanuel Chitate

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The staff of SW Radio Africa, which broadcasts to Zimbabwe from London in exile.Photo: Courtesy of SW Radio Africa


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