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Brazil: ICRC activities on the air

29-07-1998 News Release 98/30

The ICRC regional delegation in Brasilia recently reached agreement with the country's Cadena Católica de Radio (Catholic radio network) on a weekly broadcast of news about ICRC activities around the world. The network has 180 transmitters in 23 of Brazil's 26 states and one in the Federal District, Brasilia.

The information furnished by delegation staff is sent to the network's headquarters in the Goiás state capital, Goiania, and broadcast on Thursdays during the 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. news. Twenty-two other Brazilian radio stations also broadcast short ICRC news items and programmes on current events in the humanitarian sphere.

Edmilson Santos, news chief of the Cadena Católica de Radio , commented: " Thanks to the input we receive from the ICRC delegation we can offer our listeners a broader picture of the international scene, since we cover conflicts of which the Brazilian public has little or no knowledge " . He added that for Brazil's 160 million inhabitants radio is the main source of information between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., " after which the population's attention is focused on the TV " .