Radio Free Syria

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Radio Free Syria (Arabic: Sawt Syria al-Hurra) was launched the first week of July 2004 by "the U.S.-based" Reform Party of Syria (RPS) "in order to 'educate the Syrian public on issues of democracy, freedom and the cessation of violence'," Nir Boms and Erik Stakelbeck reported July 13, 2004, in the National Review Online. "The station, which is available on shortwave frequency and the Internet, plans to air cynical and humorous programs criticizing Syria's ruling Baath party as well as on-air plays written by dissident Syrian playwrights."

According to Farid N. Ghadry, president of both RPS and the Syrian Democratic Coalition, "Radio Free Syria will help us unite and consolidate the reformers inside Syria with the reformers pressuring the regime from the outside." [1]

CIA Radio

  • "Plans for a new clandestine, Radio Free Syria, backed 100% by Syrian businessmen in Washington, starting March 31 from Cyprus. On what frequency by whom? IBB's Radio Sawa is on 990 there. Reform Party of Syria, anti-Baathist, is involved": http://www.reformsyria.com —Glenn Hauser, WORLD OF RADIO #1222, produced March 3, 2004.

ClandestineRadio.com Reports

In 2005, ClandestineRadio.com reported that the "station began test broadcasts on the Internet on Mar 31, 2004, and is planning actual radio broadcasts to Syria via Cyprus." [2]

Contact Information

Reform Party of Syria
P.O. Box 59730
Potomac, MD 20859
Website: http://www.radiofreesyria.org/

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