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Catholic radio station goes on air in Rumbek


By Manyang Mayom

January 26, 2010 (RUMBEK) — Good News Radio went on air Monday evening, testing its signal for three continuous hours. Broadcasting on 89-FM, the station that is part of Sudan Catholic Radio Network, a community-based radio owned by the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek. The station is in Rumbek town, on Wulu Road.

Fr. Don Bosco Ochieng, the director of Good News Radio affirmed that Sudan Catholic Radio Network (SCRN) has now established six stations in Southern Sudan. The station in Rumbek is called “Good News Radio,” which in the Dinka language is "Radio Thong Path".

The other Catholic stations in Sudan are Bakhita Radio in Juba, Voice of Peace in Gidel in Nuba mountains, Voice of Love in Malakal, Radio Emmanuel in Torit, and Easter FM in Yei.

The Bishop of Rumbek, currently in Rome for a meeting, has congratulated all those who have worked hard to realize this remarkable event in the history of the diocese. In his message to the Good News Radio director, Bishop Caesar Mazzolari said that the radio station will strive to remind listeners daily of God being always there in our lives through its programs.

Stressing on the importance of content, the bishop said, “The Good News Radio will call us with its voice to come to the wisdom of letting what happens each day deliver a significant and constructive impact on our lives and on our world.” The bishop added that the radio is intended to make events significant and not a boring routine broadcast that does not touch our lives.

Furthermore, director of Sudan Catholic Radio Network, Sr. Paola Moggi thanked the bishop, the technicians, Fr. Don Bosco and all who have assisted Radio Good News to begin broadcasting. Meanwhile, Good News Radio Director Fr. Don Bosco Ochieng thanks all those who have helped in one way or another to realize this dream.

Lakes state, the capital of Rumbek will now have two radio stations – Rumbek FM-98 station is the state government-owned radio which fell under intensive censorship. Neither Good News Radio FM-89 nor Radio FM-98 have comprehensive coverage of the coming elections and referendum.

In December 2009, Bakhita Radio in Juba came under threats from security forces as a group of about 20 presumed Central Equatoria State South Sudan Police Service personnel stormed into the premises of Bakhita Radio and beat one of the staff. They came in full riot gear and handcuffs, entering without specified reason through a gap in the fence and attacking a female member of the staff. The gate had been locked. When challenged, the unidentified group of police accused the woman of insulting them and called her names. One of the policemen took a shovel from the garden and said to her as she lay covered in dirt, “this will be your graveyard.” The directress was prevented from calling the archbishop to report the incident.


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  • 28 January 2010 06:02, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    This is the best way of communicating and moving forword, local languages within the reach region must be allow to broadcoast in order to let each and everyone understand the message or reports. It is now easy for people to buy those fake chinese radios in the local shops around the towns. Keep up Catholic Bishop and message of peace, unity and love must always be broadcast especial in the evening when parents and children are together for folk.

    New Year Message continuous to inspire

    Time for tribalism has gone, its new year 2010 which is not a time to generalise tribe or community instead of one person. It is time to focus on the real issue far from tribal criticism, political party criticism, leaders criticism, and very far from abuses or insults. We should also debate far from abuses of any single commenter on ST forum, to myself I want to be a man of tolerance, peace, responsbility, respect, forgiveness, love, unity and courage . It is time to get serious and work for the betterment of my nation South Sudan Democratic Republic of Victoria, South Sudan should be call Victoria, because the long struggle is victory, CPA is victory, South Sudan liberation is victory, our insecurity will be a victory, election and referrendom are potential victories. South Sudan future source of hydro electricity power is White nile which has its source at Lake Victoria, unqestionable the name fits.

    I didn’t change myself because of pressure or whatsoever, it could be my 2010 resolution. Sometimes you don’t expect the public to pay their attention on you.Brave man conquers the fear like I did previously. However I come to realised that, I am not truly free if I am taking away and abusing someone else’s freedom of expression and speech, just as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me and been abused. This is why I finally come to reason that, me and the rest of concern Southerns will transformed South Sudan into a country that is not comfortable place for those who opposed to democracy, parliamentary law, parliamentary debate, independent and fair courts. For now lets start new year with fresh mind and positive ideas that will improvement the managment of South Sudan, childish comments must be ignored. Some individual comment aggressively when they are defeated in debate, this spirit must be abandon. We are here to play a game ie you get defeated or you defeat others defends on the article and the extend of your debate, but don’t insult people. This is my new year inspiring message to ST viewers, contributors, pseuds, readers and editor. Finally if you come across a mistake or opposing view, please address it with dignity.

    Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

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  • 28 January 2010 06:05, by Time1

    Catholic church preists should stay away from abuse of children and sexual harrasements, those old Italian priests working in Sudan always want to sexually harrass young women, let them behave themselves and serve the community with decent manner and honestly, stop abuse of children in catholic church now.

    However this radio lets hope it will help.

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    • 28 January 2010 10:31, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Many thanks to Bishop Ceasar Mazzolar for having opened that GOOD NEWS RADIO in Lakes State. We hope you won,t end from that only but to add more dev,t.

      Let me hope the radio will cover the entire Lakes as well. As I am talking now I am out of coverage apart from FM 98 despite the fact that I am within the Lakes State boundary.

      May God bless you abundantly.

      Shadrack Nuer Machut.

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      • 28 January 2010 19:25, by Garang Ayang Kuoi

        It is a good news indeed and it is a welcome development; however, I would like to mention that our people must be careful when it comes to getting help from Churches especially the ones that are based in Rome. You see, love God and I would do anything in my capacity and ability to be a man of faith, but I do not feel comfortable with teachings that have always held Africa back; I have always question the sincerity of religions especially the one that was brought to us. I do not know when the Catholic Church is going to have a black Pope? It is indeed uncertain; I have done alot of readings and research on Catholic Church and my findings of what Catholic Church have done have no different with what evil can do or have done on this earth. The only God I personally worship is the one I believe in and the one who created me; not some preachers with ignorance ideologies that are designed to keep my people down.

        Dear Logic, I want to let you know that I am proud of you brother for coming back to your senses; I am doing this because I believe that the credit must be given to where it is dued. I apploud you for maning up and made 2010 resolution that I would like to call a positive and intelectually oriented resolution, because tribal debates and childish debates abuses our knowledge and the wisdom that we have; we must learn to disagree without being disagreeable so that we will reach to the mountain of freedom and joy. We are close to our freedom and we must not allow our tribal differences to prevent us from reaching our objective and the one that our beloved fellow citizens have died for. So thank you for being a man you are and I hope all of us will follow you as an example of changing negativity to possitive ideals. What I would like you to do is to change Loigic name into your actual given identy name so that I will believe in your change 100%.
        Thank ypu


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