About Us

The Society for Radio Democracy FM 98.1 (commonly known as 98.1 FM) is a non-profit organization that operates as an independent news media corporation, which aims at promoting the ideals and principles of a democratic society that guarantees fundamental human rights, promotes the ideals of open and transparent government systems and enables universal access to information by all. It is registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee, with its membership including civil society groups, labour unions, good governance NGOs, and other non-profit organizations.

Radio Democracy was set up in 1997 to help restore democracy in Sierra Leone, after the country’s democratically elected government was overthrown by a group of military personnel. There was a massive local and international call for the reinstatement of the government. The establishment of the radio was critical to sustaining efforts at reinstating democratic rule. Radio Democracy not only provided regular updates relating to on-going efforts to restore democracy, but served as a major reporter of issues that counteracted the propaganda machinery of the military junta. It was essentially a medium through which pressure was brought to bear on the military to relinquish power, while at the same time giving hope to a largely crestfallen population. Since 1997, Radio democracy has never ceased to perform its role as a platform for civil society, democracy, rights activists and a mouthpiece for the masses. It has grown in stature and its audience has reached more than 1.2 million. It is generally regarded by many people as a premier source of independent and fact-based reporting on current affairs and other news items that are of importance to the public.

Is to promote access and participation in national public interest stories that will enhance good governance and democracy.

A Sierra Leone where the voices of everyone matters, irrespective of region, tribe or ethnicity, for the promotion and sustenance of good governance and democracy.