VOA Studio 7 to Zimbabwe jammed. "Your best reception would be on shortwave."

Posted: 29 Mar 2011   Print   Send a link
The Zimbabwean, 25 Mar 2011, John Chimunhu: "Relentless jamming by President Robert Mugabe's forces is depriving Zimbabweans of a wide array of free entertainment sources provided by foreign governments. ... [T]he latest deployment of Chinese-made jamming has forced even the VOA to acknowledge routinely in its Zimbabwe broadcasts that the waves are jammed. An announcer is now regularly heard to say: 'This is Studio 7 for Zimbabwe broadcasting on 909 AM, but due to jamming your best reception would be on Shortwave...' Zanu (PF) made external broadcasts a major issue during the negotiations for a settlement in 2008, demanding that they be banned. ... Surprisingly, Zanu (PF) officials are clamouring to be heard on the Voice of America Studio 7, which is virtually banned in Zimbabwe by Mugabe's government. Recently, senior Zanu (PF) and pro-Mugabe officials Rugare Gumbo, Joram Gumbo, Mines Minister Obert Mpofu and Attorney General Johannes Tomana have freely given interviews to the 'pirates'."