Pirate radio on the front lines fighting ISIS

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Pirate radio on the front lines fighting ISIS

If this gets me in hot water; so be it. 

Pirate radio serves a purpose. It's not a crime; it's a duty to keep the freedom of speech and the spirit of humanity alive. 

Irbil, Iraq (CNN)Not far from Mohamad Al Mawsily's studio, fierce battles are raging to oust ISIS from the northern city of Mosul. But from his secret location, the young Iraqi businessman is waging another war against the militants on a daily basis. Less bloody? Yes. But, still potentially lethal.

There are no bullets and bombs in this building. No high-definition images of war being broadcast to the world on TV or social media. Here, there are only two things that ISIS hates: music and truth.Almost a year after ISIS imposed its signature tyranny in Mosul and surrounding Nineveh province, Al Mawsily and two partners launched a radio station for the million or so residents left trapped in the beleaguered city. They named it Alghad, or tomorrow, in hope of a better futureAlghad FM broadcasts into Mosul as well as online, where displaced Iraqis around the world can listen. Alghad FM broadcasts into Mosul as well as online, where displaced Iraqis around the world can listen.Alghad FM defies ISIS with its programs, and so everything about the station has to be kept underground, including the identities of the staff. Al Mawsily means "from Mosul" and is not the 28-year-old founder's real name. He didn't even tell his own parents about his clandestine endeavor, though they eventually pieced it together.Alghad's studio in the relatively safe Kurdish region of Iraq -- CNN was invited there after a pledge to not give away the location -- offers no signage or other visible clues the station is relaying the voices of Mosul that would otherwise go unheard."It was a way for us to break the siege by Daesh," Al Mawsily tells me in his office on this evening, using the Arabic term for ISIS.

We have loyal listeners in an abnormal time and in an abnormal situation.

Al Mawsily

 I've arrived just in time for the start of Alghad's popular 50-minute segment called "Deliver Your Voice." The talk show is similar to others in many ways, except one: Most of the callers are from a city under siege."We have loyal listeners in an abnormal time and in an abnormal situation," Al Mawsily says. "It is important to break the ideas of Daesh. They want people not to trust each other." Those listeners include people from Nineveh province displaced from their homes by violence. They live elsewhere in Iraq or as refugees in Europe, Australia and the United States and live-stream the broadcasts online."We've developed a Moslawi community," Al Mawsily says. "The radio station is their way of communicating with their loved ones." click the link to read the rest 



This is where Hobby Radio is a viable asset for a community even in Iraq. You never know the way this world is there may be a need for a Hobby station like that in the USA.


Please put that article on the New Radio Revolution’s site as well.

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Radio in times of war has

Radio in times of war has always been a useful asset.  Sometimes it's the only source of information to an embattled population.

Thanks for posting this, A-Train.  It's very interesting, although I don't think this broadcasting can be equated with pirate (or hobby) radio in the U.S. (or Canada).

Its the same as my towbn that

Its the same as my towbn that has NO Weather Forcasts on the Radio, only TV and The Weather app "Viper Radar" but what happens when your on Low Income and can't afford Internet?  Yet most Low Income People can afford a dollar store FM Radio or a used one on Ebay or an Aarons rent-to-own Radio of some sort.


Hobby Radio and Information/diverse music go together.

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I think this would be

I think this would be properly called clandestine radio, underground broadcasting done to affect political change, where pirate is more like a hobby form of radio, like Part Fifteen, just with more power than the rules may allow.

Even that definition has gotten broader or changed some in these times, it seems more pirates are ethnic or minority stations, finding no form of radio that speaks to their community, they make it themselves and use higher power to be heard. Like a clandestine station, minority broadcasting fills a need too, and has some political bend due to the reasoning behind the broadcasts, but it's mostly about filling that need and not political change.

I have to think there aren't as many hobby pirates around like it used to be, students and others with an interest in radio who would go on the air and play their record collections, many of those I guess have gone on to hacking other technology, or into P15 or radio on the net, and to their local LPFM stations, or went on to found an LPFM themselves.

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