Posted: 27 Nov 2007 Print Send a link
"BBC Monitoring (BBCM) can confirm that two major Western broadcasters are suffering consistent jamming of their transmissions to Ethiopia. ... Shortwave broadcasts from Washington-based Voice of America (VOA) and Germany’s Deutsche Welle (DW) are now being jammed." BBC Monitoring via Radio Netherlands Media Network, 20 November 2007. From the IBB Monitoring remote monitoring system, here is an mp3 recording of two examples of VOA Amharic being jammed, as received in Nairobi. The first is 14 November 2007 at 1817 UTC on 9320 kHz. The second is 18 November on 11675. Jamming was not heard on at least two other VOA Amharic frequencies. The jamming signals may be less audible in Ethiopia, given the nature of shortwave signals not to propagate well over short distances. Update: "The BBC monitoring service says its experts have determined that the direction from which the jamming originates indicates the signals are being transmitted from within Ethiopia. In a telephone interview with VOA, Ethiopia's Information Ministry spokesman Zemedkun Tekle says he doubts the government is involved in jamming." VOA News, 26 November 2007.