Radio Free Sarawak, on shortwave, says it is jammed by gospel music.

Posted: 16 Apr 2011   Print   Send a link
Free Malaysia Today, 15 Apr 2011, Tashny Sukumaran: "Radio Free Sarawak (RFS), one of the few voices critical of the Barisan Nasional (BN) in Sarawak, is being subjected to jamming. 'The first jamming happened yesterday… all on the 15425kHz (frequency) which is next to our station’s 15420kHz,' said Clare Rewcastle Brown, who operates the radio station and blog Sarawak Report from Covent Garden in London. 'Our experts have now traced the attack to a known agent in Belgium, who is an established broker of transmission times. He has admitted that he has been hired to broadcast at the same time and in the same frequency as our station.' Brown, a journalist, said the agent admitted that the contract was worth 'a considerable amount of money'. He has been enlisted until December, although it is clear that his 'jamming” services were only important during the election period. Brown said the broker has been paid to broadcast his gospel music across the RFS signal range at double the normal broadcast strength (a full 200 kilowatts)."

Free Malaysia Today, 15 Apr 2011, letter from Francis Loh: "[T]he ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) ... has resorted to cyber attacks on the websites of Sarawak Report, Radio Free Sarawak, Malaysiakini.com to prevent Sarawakians accessing alternative information and news."

Borneo Post, 12 Apr 2011, Conny Banji: "The government is investigating Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) to determine whether the broadcasters had flouted sedition laws or waylaying the public with innuendos which border on security issues. Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Dato Sri Utama Dr Rais Yatim said they could simply terminate the signal from any Internet or shortwave source as it would contravene the Geneva Convention on human rights."

Australia Broadcasting Corporation, 7.30, 14 Apr 2011, Mikle Sexton: "Every day in a flat in the heart of London an unlikely duo broadcasts to an audience on the other side of the world. Behind the microphone is Peter John Jaban, the grandson of a head-hunter from the jungles of Borneo and behind the scenes is British investigative reporter Clare Rewcastle-Brown, sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. ... Together they run Radio Free Sarawak, a tiny operation campaigning against one of Asia's most successful politicians, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Taib Mahmud, whose business empire reportedly stretches across the globe, including Australia."

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