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Texting to beat Zimbabwe censors


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_41705338_hiv203.jpg A private radio station broadcasting to Zimbabwe from the UK says it using text messages to beat the country's censors. The BBC reports.

"Broadcasts from SW Radio Africa, started by a Zimbabwean journalist in London to avoid the media crackdown, have been jammed for nearly two years.

W Radio Africa founder Gerry Jackson says the daily SMS headline service is proving popular with 100 requests a day from those wanting to join the service.

... So far about 2,000 people have signed up to SW Radio Africa's text scheme in the last two months.

The jamming has mainly affected the radio station's broadcasts to urban areas, where mobile phones are most popular. "

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