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Since 2006 Radio Zamaneh has successfully facilitated Persian writers, Islamic scholars, prominent Iranians and personalities at the heart of Iranian culture to provide their views and thoughts. We create a platform that connects the prevalent voices and views.
Our programming is a mixture of world news and current affairs, of social and cultural issues, and of entertainment. Central to our programming are the voices of the unheard; of women and of ethnic, religious and sexual minorities. Topical debates such as 'How can young Iranians meet and engage in relationships' and 'How can minorities' rights be improved?' have made inroads in many Iranian households thanks to coverage by Radio Zamaneh.
Radio Zamaneh fills the hole left by Iranian state media. Human rights and civil liberties are high on our agenda. Through citizen journalism and participatory radio-making we aim to promote pluralism. "All people know all things," so the famous Iranian saying goes. The result is a plethora of weblogs and of voice contributions, and a radio station that is highly regarded both inside Iran and abroad.
Back in 2005 Press Now partnered up with a team of Iranian journalists to form Radio Zamaneh. The Dutch government decided to support the development of media plurality in Iran after a unanimous vote in parliament.
Radio Zamaneh was established in 2006 as a non-profit organization under Dutch law. The station depends on donor support for its finances. It has no ties to any political, ethnic or social group inside or outside Iran. Internet broadcasting started on 4 August 2006, while satellite broadcasting started on 1 September 2006. Shortwave broadcasting started on 7 September 2006 but was terminated in December of 2007.
Radio Zamaneh is currently broadcasting on the web and on satellite 24 hours a day via Hotbird 13 degrees east, frequency 11642 MHz, Polarization horizontal, S/R 27500.
Ruth Kronenburg, Director