7 October 2011 | Press Release |
The is pleased to announce the launch of a daily shortwave radio broadcast to Ethiopia. In the past few weeks, ESAT successfully transmitted test broadcasts.
With a view to overcoming the illegal jamming and airwaves piracy that the Meles regime has continued with utmost intensity, ESAT’s management made a decision to transmit ESAT’s programs on multiple platforms. ESAT’s shortwave radio, which will have a significant reach to the people of Ethiopia, will be another addition to ESAT’s unwavering efforts to reverse the information blackout deliberately created by the Meles Zenawi regime.
ESAT firmly believes that freedom of expression is a powerful means of ultimately defeating tyranny, corruption, abuse of power, human rights violations, inequality and bad governance. With a conviction to reach the people of Ethiopia with quality content, ESAT’s shortwave broadcast will be on air daily on 15370 kHz, 19 Meter Band, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Ethiopian local time). Additional frequencies will be available subject to the effect of signal interference.
ESAT is also finalizing preparations to launch multiple broadcasting platforms. ESAT will be available soon on IPTV, a system that will deliver our broadcast on TV sets around the world. Our viewers will also be able to watch our broadcasts on smart phones.
ESAT’s online transmissions will soon be upgraded with a new user-friendly website that will not only webcast our live broadcasts 24/7 but will also have video-on-demand with our huge collection of archives. Our online transmissions via ESAT’s website will also be available in Flash Player, which is compatible with all the major web browsers.
Most importantly, ESAT is making unrelenting efforts to resume its satellite TV broadcast to Ethiopia. ESAT is committed to delivering its promise to serve as a conduit for citizens to express their opinion freely, to access reliable information and to play its part in the struggle to build a democratic country with Ethiopia’s first independent satellite television service. As Al Jazeera has changed the media and socio-political landscape in the Arab world, ESAT will also be opening new avenues for Ethiopia with the power of 21st media technology.
With the continued support of our people in and outside of Ethiopia, ESAT will fulfill its missions.
We shall prevail!