Radio Dialogue is a non profit making community radio station aspiring to broadcast to the community of Bulawayo and its surrounding areas.Radio dialogue aims at providing a channel to debate and discuss current political, social, cultural and economic issues affecting the community of Bulawayo. It aspires to see a well informed and more developed Bulawayo Radio Dialogue was founded in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city, in 2001. Our slogan
Giving You a Voice
expresses our aim to enable the people of Bulawayo to speak to each other. We strive to ensure that the people of Bulawayo hear the voices, not only of the rich and the powerful, but also of the women who sell tomatoes on street corners. Radio Dialogue is a community radio station for the entire Bulawayo community, transmitting the voices of the old and young, different language groups, ethnic groups and those of different religious affiliations. We do this in an effort to enhance community relations in Bulawayo, and to promote understanding and tolerance between those of differing backgrounds, beliefs and interests. Radio is a powerful media more accessible than television; we can listen to radio when at home cooking, while traveling, even while working.
It is more accessible than newspapers, enabling people to express themselves in the way they do it best through the spoken word.The present government of Zimbabwe is afraid of allowing its citizens to exercise freedom of speech. The only daily newspapers, radio and TV stations in the country are state controlled. All journalists, all publications and all public meetings are severely controlled by legislation, and closely monitored by police and intelligence officers. It is therefore no surprise that there are no independent radio stations in Zimbabwe.
Three stations do broadcast Zimbabwean programmes from outside the borders, and make an important contribution to freedom of expression. Their programmes are popular and successful, but not easily accessible to all. However, the policy of Radio Dialogue is to remain within Zimbabwe and to use alternative legitimate means of broadcasting, and campaigning within the country for liberalisation of the airwaves. We believe that oppressive media laws and harassment of journalists will not end until there is a change of government.