MALI / COMMUNITY RADIOS

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14-Jan-2019 00:02:20
In Mopti, Central Mali, where remoteness and limited infrastructure cause isolation to many, community radios are often the only media to connect them to each other and to the world. A Quick Impact Project (QIP) sponsored by MINUSMA, allowed Mopti community radio stations to reach remote areas through powerful transmitters. MINUSMA

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STORY: MALI / COMMUNITY RADIOS
TRT: 2:20
SOURCE: MINUSMA
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / BAMBARA / NATS

DATELINE: 3 JANUARY 2019, MOPTI, MALI

SHOTLIST:

1. Driving shot, passing through arch entrance to Mopti town
2. Wide shot, street scene
3. Various shots, harbor scenes
4. Various shots, radio antennas installed on top of buildings
5. Close up, Radio Saghan sign
6. Close up, audio mixing table
7. Med shot, Radio Jamana journalist broadcasting program
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Mamadou Bocoum, Regional Coordinator of Radio and Television Broadcasting Union (URTEL) in Mopti:
"As its name suggests, community radios main goals are to provide information, awareness, civic education, and community education.”
9. Various shots, Oumar Diabaté during bradcasting
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Oumar Diabaté, Director, Radio Jamana:
“At the time MINUSMA came to support us, radios did not exceed the 60 kilometers rage of broadcasting. From the moment we received an antenna to amplify our signal, it allowed us to reach our former listeners.”
11. Close up, Radio Kaoural sign
12. Med shot, old tapes
13. Close up, broadcasting equipment
14. Med shot, Bah Samake at the Mopti main market
15. Close up, radio
16. SOUNDBITE (Bambara) Bah Samake, 32-year-old Shopkeeper:
“The radio changes our lives. It makes us feel part of a society. We can keep up to date with what is happening here. We get regional news, we get local news, we hear messages.”
17. Close up, radio equipment
18. Various shots, radio broadcast
19. SOUNDBITE (French) Kanda Kelly, Director, Radio Saghan:
“Radios are important because it is a tool to inform, a tool to educate. Through the radio we can broadcast awareness messages to people who have taken up arms, people who are killing themselves, to bring them back to their senses.”
20. Various shots, old radios

STORYLINE:

In Mopti, Central Mali, where remoteness and limited infrastructure cause isolation to many, community radios are often the only media to connect them to each other and to the world. Whether in a larger town, a small nomadic community or deep in the desert, many people listen to the radio.

In a country where just 33 percent of the population can read and write, Mali has one of the strongest community radio networks in Africa. This landlocked West African country has more than 170 private radio stations, 121 of them are community radios, mostly rurally based.

But Mopti’s radio stations were not able to broadcast beyond the town where they are operating. It was after a Quick Impact Project (QIP) sponsored by MINUSMA, that nine Mopti community radio stations had their frequency range increased, allowing them to reach remote areas through powerful transmitters.

Mamadou Bocoum is the Director of Kaoural radio and Regional Coordinator of Radio and Television Broadcasting Union (URTEL) in Mopti.

He is passionate about the importance of community radios in the lives of the population in the region. According to him, the transmission of accurate and unbiased information is crucial to reduce inter-community tensions, as well as to empower people.

SOUNDBITE (French) Mamadou Bocoum, Regional Coordinator of Radio and Television Broadcasting Union (URTEL) in Mopti:
"As its name suggests, community radios main goals are to provide information, awareness, civic education, and community education.”

This year the intercommunal violence between armed members of the Dogon ethnic group, mostly farmers, and the Fulani herders, was raised to a whole new level, claiming hundreds of lives and displacing thousands of people, from both communities, that had previously coexisted for centuries in exemplary harmony.

Improving the radio programs quality and allowing these productions to reach isolated areas is part of the strategy to promote social cohesion and raise awareness of a culture of peace.

SOUNDBITE (French) Oumar Diabaté, Director, Radio Jamana:
“At the time MINUSMA came to support us, radios did not exceed the 60 kilometers rage of broadcasting. From the moment we received an antenna to amplify our signal, it allowed us to reach our former listeners.”

A more powerful reach of the radio frequencies results in information now being available to the whole region. Isolated populations can now be informed, rumors can be dissipated in an easier way, tensions among local communities can be reduced, and isolated communities can feel less disempowered during conflict.

Bah Samake, a 32-year-old shopkeeper at the Mopti main market, is a regular radio station listener. He understands the importance of radio broadcasts for the community.

SOUNDBITE (Bambara) Bah Samake, 32-year-old Shopkeeper:
“The radio changes our lives. It makes us feel part of a society. We can keep up to date with what is happening here. We get regional news, we get local news, we hear messages.”

Affected by the ongoing crisis, people in Mopti have a dire need for reliable, balanced, and timely delivered information, and there is high hope that these nine reinforced community radios begin to fill the gap.

SOUNDBITE (French) Kanda Kelly, Director, Radio Saghan:
“Radios are important because it is a tool to inform, a tool to educate. Through the radio we can broadcast awareness messages to people who have taken up arms, people who are killing themselves, to bring them back to their senses.”

MINUSMA’s QIP reached nine community radios right in the heart of Mali. Kaoural Radio, Radio Jamana, Radio Guinta, Radio Saghan, Radio Tolerance, Radio Dakan, Radio Kélénya, Radio Kounani and Radio Maria benefited for a 28 million FCFA (42,600 USD) project.

The radios received a 12-piece consoled, couplers, laptops, microphones with stands and headsets, digital voice recorders. The equipment and the broadband guidance antenna System installed in a 40 meters tower revolutionized way of reaching its audience.
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