Community Radio Stings Uncover Corruption

Championing the underdog and giving a voice to those not normally heard on the airwaves are common themes for community radio stations. In India, several new community radio stations are living up to this ideal.
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Championing the underdog and giving a voice to those not normally heard on the airwaves are common themes for community radio stations.

In India, which only authorized community radio services this year, local, community-oriented stations are going further than just giving the local community a voice — they are acting as investigators and advocates, according to a report in The Times of India.

Savita Rathod, 26, walked into a PDS shop in Barkhandiya, a non-descript village of Dangs district. She behaved like any other "poor villager" pitiably requesting for a favour. Little did the PDS shop owner know this was to be the end of his career in black-marketing of subsidised food products. ... Later, she played it on "Pardafaash" (Expose), an investigative reportage to unearth social and political scams - irregularities and corruption in rehabilitation work, culpability of government, vested interests and people on community radio.

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