Billed as Malaysia's first community radio station, RadiqRadio, a project under the Centre for Independent Journalism(CIJ) was re- launched on March 19 after a hiatus for the past three years due to lack of funding.
Local and international support has helped to revive the project.
CIJ director Sonia Randhawa said, "We have worked hard to get this project up and running, and we believe that it will be a turning point in the start of community media in Malaysia."
RadiqRadio will carry news and analysis, mainly in Bahasa Malaysia but in other languages as well. The main focus will however be on program content prepared by the community and targeted at the community. .
RadiqRadio hopes to use AM frequencies in the next few months. (Currently on FM?)
The station is being permitted to accept advertisements, but will not be commercially driven.
The project backers, The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is a media organisation that aims to improve current Malaysian journalism practice and independence through advocacy, research and analysis, training and practical work. Started in 2001, CIJ has initiated various projects in developing grassroots communications skills through training, infrastructural support and direct action.