Internews launched Radio Bakdaw (“Rise”) in November, to provide residents of Guiuan and nearby areas with much-needed information. Many of the local reporters and staff working at the radio station are from Radio Natin, the only FM radio station in Guiuan prior to the storm. Radio Natin was completely destroyed by typhoon damage, and all of the local reporters and staff were affected by the storm. Read more »
On November 26 at 6:00 am, Internews launched Radio Bakdaw ("Rise" in the local language) on 92.9 FM providing much-needed news and information to over 50,000 people in Guiuan in Eastern Samar, Philippines, where typhoon Haiyan first touched land on November 8.
Every house in Guiuan was either destroyed or severely damaged in the storm. Until Radio Bakdaw went live on air there was no available radio on the entire FM band. Reports from NGOs in the area confirm that Radio Bakdaw can now be heard at least 40km from Guiuan.Read more »
McKinleyville High School graduate U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Leesa Florka was aboard the USS George Washington when the ship arrived in the Philippines last week to bring aid to the country devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Read more »
An exiled Syrian hacker has claimed to have cracked the systems of the country’s brutal secret police to find evidence that intelligence officers spent their working days watching pornography. Read more »
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Syrian refugees will soon be able to receive news on how to obtain aid by a new information platform, being launched by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) early next year. Read more »
When disaster hits, information saves lives. Internews is currently responding to two major crises: the acute information needs of Syrian refugees and the utter destruction of communications in the Philippines, following Typhoon Haiyan. We need your help.
Internews has secured a temporary emergency broadcast license and will immediately begin establishing a radio station for public service in the hard-hit Tacloban/Leyte area, on frequency 92.7 FM, initially for a one-month period.
Internews is currently seeking a second emergency broadcast license to operate from the Eastern Samar region and a 3-month extension of both licenses for an extra 3-month period, until March 31, 2014.