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Radio activists channel anger in Malaysian Borneo

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It is 6 p.m. in rural Borneo and Iban tribesman Luang Anak Entiyang springs up to fetch his short-wave radio, tuning in the day's broadcast of Radio Free Sarawak for a dozen fellow villagers. 

This picture taken on February 8, 2013 shows Iban tribesmen listening to a radio in the village of Menyang in Malaysia's Sarawak region. Malaysian villagers tune in regularly to a radio broadcast of Radio Free Sarawak which has become so popular that the authorities have threatened to jam it, as entire villages now plan their evenings around it.

Daylight melts away into the rainforest outside and the men of Menyang village sit on the floor of Luang's simple home, leaning in to hear as callers commiserate over alleged government-backed grabs of indigenous lands.

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