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"Whatever happens, the flame of the French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished. Tomorrow, as today, I will speak on the radio from London."

Attention tropers! Calling all rebels and sympathizers everywhere! The Empire has swept upon us in a flash, supplanting our administrators, monitoring our discussions, and flooding our on-site ads with propaganda! All formerly reliable channels have been domineered! The Quisling controls all stations, papers, and broadcasts!

Do not worry however, tropers! We of La Résistance and our team of intrepid reporters are here to bring you the truth!

This is when a character, usually a news anchor, a reporter, or maybe just a Hope Bringer, delivers news and inspiring messages to the people during times of resistance and conflict. When carefully planned, such speeches can be used to exchange secret information. Depending on their motives and whom they work for, these characters could be promoting specific propaganda pieces. "Occupiers Out of Our Country" messages can also be delivered this way.

Compare and contrast the state-controlled Propaganda Machine, to which this trope is often a direct reaction, but some examples will blur the lines between the two. Also contrast Tokyo Rose, a usually antagonist-controlled agent that broadcasts propaganda to demoralize the enemy.

Not to be confused with the Voice of the Legion (although they may well be the one these people are rebelling against.) See also The Voice of a Generation.

If you do not hear from us again, or if we are suddenly cut off amid sounds of violence, we have encountered Deadline News. However, as long as there is one person, this broadcast will continue.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Maya in Arcadia of My Youth broadcasts as the "Voice of Free Arcadia". She's first introduced simply broadcasting messages of hope to the beaten and bloodied Earthlings, but soon shows her steel by broadcasting a message meant to inspire Harlock to rebel against both Earth's conquerors and the Vichy Earthlings by putting his home behind him.
  • During the second half of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Lacus "sings the song of peace" from rotating safe houses. She urges the people of the PLANTS to break the Cycle of Revenge that the war has become and embrace naturals as fellow human beings. Naturally, Patrick Zala wants her shot as soon as possible, thus the rotating safe houses and security detail.

    Comic Books 
  • Non-radio example: In an Elseworld story in which an ancestor of Kal-El helped the British defeat the American Revolution, the Daily Planet is the only newspaper that dares tell the truth about the British.
    • In Final Crisis, after Darkseid takes over television, radio and the internet, the Daily Planet relocates to the Fortress of Solitude and become the only free news source on the planet.
  • IDW's Transformers comics feature Blaster, whose main job in the war is not battle but being The Voice.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): In addition to leading the main part of the revolution against the Sangtee Wonder Woman is able to broadcast her revolutionary ideals and reasons for anger at the Sangtee across the Empire due to some modified Sangtee tech H'Elgn sets up for her and is acknowledged by Empire as the voice and face of the revolution.

    Fan Fiction 
  • The Elements of Friendship: In Book I, after NightMare Moon succeeds in taking over Equestria, Vinyl Scratch and Octavia set up a radio network operating out of a series of safehouses, delivering news to the masses and acting to keep public morale up.
  • In Fallout: Equestria, DJ Pon-3 acts as this as a reference to Three-Dog in Fallout 3.
  • In The Man with No Name, the Big Bad tries to enlist Mal to be this for his resistance since he's a war hero and can rally the masses. Judging by the coffee he threw in the faces of his recruiters (not to mention all of the absolute CRAP the villain had put the crew through thus far), Mal said no.
  • The War of the Masters: Most media in this version of the Star Trek universe is state-controlled (e.g. the canonical Federation News Network), but in the lead-up to the Moab Confederacy's secession from the Federation a group of hacktivists start hijacking FNN's carrier wave to expose political corruption in both the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Later, industrialist Jake Evans starts up Real-Time News to compete with the state-owned outlets, using new quantum entanglement communications to scoop their subspace-reliant competitors. However, RTN has itself been accused of propaganda favoring Moab and Evans's commercial interests.

  • Katniss ends up as this in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. As the Mockingjay, she's called on to unite the districts and star in propaganda pieces for the cause.
  • I Am Legend had the protagonist making regular daily broadcasts to anyone else who might have escaped the zombie plague.
  • "Radio Free America" in Red Dawn (1984).
  • The Purge: Anarchy: Carmelo Johns, a leader of then Anti-Purge political/resistance movement, livestreams videos of himself denouncing the Purge online and on digital billboards both before and during Purge night.
  • Despite the fact that most major cities have been vaporized, TV news is still being broadcast in Independence Day.
  • Shaun of the Dead: Newscaster Jeremy Thompson informs the public that while zombies are laying waste to society, the smart thing to do is to stay calm and shelter in place, as military remnants are working to quickly kill or capture all of the zombies. The heroes ignore Jeremy, but it later turns out that his advice was sound and just about everyone who followed it survives with far less trouble than the heroes.
  • John Connor in Terminator Salvation. His broadcasts contain his message of hope, along with useful advice about fighting the machines. He is doing that against his superiors' wishes, though.
  • The cult classic They Live! features a pirate TV broadcast warning about the alien conspiracy that is marginalizing the human race. There's also a street preacher who makes stirring (albeit carefully worded) speeches to crowds of average citizens about how sinister forces control their lives.
    Street Preacher: Outside the limit of our sight, feeding off us, perched on top of us, from birth to death, are our owners! Our owners! They have us. They control us! They are our masters! Wake up! They're all about you! All around you!

  • China Miéville's Bas-Lag Cycle:
    • Perdido Street Station has the city being run by an oppressive government, but there's an underground newspaper named Runagate Rampant. Of course, this being a Crapsack World, things don't work out so well for them.
    • The sequel Iron Council establishes that Runagate Rampant was revived in the twenty years between the stories. Along with a small crowd of rivals. In an odd twist the newspapers also act sort of like political parties, who do all work together in The Caucus, a group united by their communist sedition against the government.
  • Sanjay's Theocracy Watch became this for the coming theocratic American government in Christian Nation.
  • In Richard Powell's Don Quixote, U.S.A. the rebel forces in San Marcos, Los Descalzos, transmit weekly "fireside chats" by leader El Gavilan and his second-in-command Eduardo over a pirate radio station.
  • In the Dread Empire's Fall books, the Resistance publishes a newspaper through the enemy-controlled computer systems.
  • Potterwatch in the final Harry Potter novel, with ex-Large-Ham Announcer Lee Jordan at the mic. Requires a wand and an ever-changing password to tune in.
    • And when the Daily Prophet and other newspapers get taken over, the Quibbler turns from a crazy Conspiracy Theorist magazine to the only reliable print media outlet (at least until Luna gets taken hostage and Xenophilius becomes willing to collaborate to get her back).
  • In the third book of the The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay, this is what Katniss becomes.
  • Dr. Tsion Ben-Judah in the main Left Behind book series was this for the Tribulation Force, so much that those who became true believers in Christ during the Tribulation were pejoratively called "Judah-ites". Buck Williams follows close behind with his online publication The Truth, which disseminates the information that the Global Community-controlled press doesn't want the general public to know about Nicolae Carpathia.
  • In Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, the lunar newspaper regularly printed columns by Adam Selene and "Simon Jester". This was easy to manage because the newspaper was printed by a computer — who was secretly a member of La Résistance.
    • The trope is also subverted by the messages the Lunar Colony sends to Earth. One set is standard propaganda designed to make the Lunar Colony look strong, and also to thumb their noses at Earth. At the same time, the colonists also send phony "clandestine" messages from people supposedly loyal to Earth, telling them a very different (and equally) false story that the Lunar Colony is weak and chaotic. The idea behind the second set of messages is to give the people of Earth a false sense of security.
  • In the Newsflesh trilogy this is what the main characters do as bloggers fighting an oppressive government conspiracy. The books' slogan is "Rise up while you can" for a reason.
  • In the early chapters of the Stephen King novel The Stand, information about the spread of the virus is being controlled by the military. Several non-official information sources spring up, including a lawyer who prints and hand delivers a newspaper, a television news crew that takes back control of the broadcast in a coup, and a talk radio host who encourages callers to talk about the virus. All are violently silenced. In the later chapters, the 'good' survivors use ham radios to broadcast their location and direction of travel, to allow the survivors to converge.
  • Victoria features this prominently, since it chronicles a rebellion against a dystopian near-future United States. During the Civil War, the regime and its corrupt backers control the mainstream media, but the heroes are able to get their side of the story out through the Internet and (sometimes) undercover sympathizers inside the Propaganda Machine who slip news past the censors.
  • In Lloyd Alexander's Westmark trilogy, Keller publishes one of the few newspapers that dares to criticize Cabbarus.
  • In World War Z, the resistance radio "Radio Free Earth" was actually an international effort to broadcast information to survivors around the world. It's "resistance" because zombies cover most of the planet. The transmissions were broadcast from a ship at sea, with a full crew of operators in relative safety. The translators and broadcast operators have hectic, but important jobs, sending the information to as many regions in as many languages as possible. The operators in reception get to spend every possible moment gathering information by listening in to government and civilian transmissions from around the world as the zombies take over. By the time the book takes place, every one of the operators has already killed themselves.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Jim Kyle of the BBC's dystopian 1990 wrote as blatant truths as he could about the evil government and the Public Control Department through the paper he officially worked for during the first season, then during the second season (after various bureaucratic roadblocks stopped him from writing anything of any truth officially) writes for underground resistance papers and news articles he got smuggled to other countries to arouse international sympathy.
  • Skye functions as this in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when she's first introduced, but is quickly drafted as part of the team.
  • In 'Allo 'Allo!, Michelle of the Resistance gets the plan to broadcast from a secret radio transmitter hidden in a hearse. Unfortunately, the batteries they stole didn't allow them to transmit very far which was probably a good thing for Rene who had to drive the hearse under the nose of the Germans.
  • In Babylon 5, "The Voice of the Resistance" was broadcast from the Babylon 5 station by Susan Ivanova when Earth was under the control of President Clark. Sheridan mentions getting the name from the French Resistance.
  • A J. Michael Straczynski-written episode of Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future had the Voice of the East Coast Resistance, a woman called Freedom One. She turned out to be working for the machines, and another member of the human resistance took up the banner as Freedom Two.
  • On Colony, the man known only as "Geronimo" makes pirate radio broadcasts to the people of occupied Los Angeles, telling them to rise up against the CTA and the "Hosts".
  • Logan Cale in Dark Angel serves as a voice in his double life as "Eyes Only", not speaking out against a specific oppressive regime but reporting on corruption in police, politicians, and organized crime in general, which he does by hacking into every major television broadcast at the same time, reporting his piece, and signing off before he can be traced while only showing his eyes.
    Eyes Only catchphrase: Do Not Adjust Your Set. This is a streaming freedom video bulletin. The cable hack will last exactly sixty seconds. It cannot be traced, it cannot be stopped, and it is the only free voice left in the city.
  • One episode of NCIS: Los Angeles featured a masked man who acted as the Voice of the Libyan Resistance via webcasts. He ends up murdered by the Libyan government, who then has another person don the mask and use the broadcasts to try to lure all the resistance groups to a summit where they can be ambushed.
  • Radio Free Roscoe takes the idea and drops it into a High School setting, with a group of students running a pirate radio station to speak out against the oppressive administration.
  • V: The Series used to begin each episode with a faux bulletin from "Freedom Network" in New York, until they dropped the idea in mid-run. There's also a brief glimpse of what they hope will be their final broadcast, following the truce in the final episode.
  • On Z Nation, Citizen Z acts as this in addition to being Mission Control.

    Video Games 
  • Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation's Emmerian Independence Radio. At one point, Ghost Eye admonishes you for listening to it during a battle.
  • The IRIS Network newsletter/news program in Beyond Good & Evil.
  • There is a Voice of the Resistance in some two levels of Command & Conquer: Renegade, in a town occupied by Nod forces.
  • Three-Dog at Galaxy News Radio in Fallout 3. He starts out as the voice supporting the Brotherhood of Steel, but later on he becomes the voice of the Resistance once the Enclave moves in.
  • Freedom Fighters (2003) has a mission where you invade the Soviet Armed Forces Network studios to set up a Freedom Phantom TV station.
  • The resistance got one up and running in Half-Life 2: Episode One, but only after they commandeered the defeated Combine's propaganda system.
  • The Voice of Freedom network fulfills this function in Homefront.
  • inFAMOUS has news broadcasts both from the regular media and pirated broadcasts from "The Voice of Survival." The latter has a more genuine interest in helping the citizens, though he continually denounces Cole as a terrorist. Turns out he was doing that on orders from the First Sons, and they kill him anyway.
  • Professor K at Jet Set Radio in Jet Grind Radio and Jet Set Radio Future.
  • In Liberal Crime Squad, the player is able to create the Liberal Guardian, which promote Liberalism to the masses. It can become this trope at C+ Free Speech, by this time firemen come to the redaction to torch it.
  • MechWarrior 4: Vengeance has broadcasts by a person literally going by the handle "The Voice of the Resistance," which play in between missions and inform the populace about what has transpired, attempting to keep up morale in the face of Steiner oppression.
  • In the interactive romance novel Moonrise, Chika leads the Rogue faction and becomes the mouthpiece of the movement by default.
  • The Kids' Grid in Pokémon Colosseum serves this purpose in the Under, quietly resisting Cipher until Wes kicks said gang to the curb.
  • In Road 96 John broadcasts a pirate radio station to encourage the people of Petria to resist Tyrak and also to coordinate the Black Brigades through coded messages. As a result he's the most wanted man in the country and has to keep on the move constantly with his broadcast equipment hidden in his semi.
  • Serious Sam 4 has Bill Corwin, the speaker for Radio Free Earth. His various broadcasts can be heard from radios scattered all across the game, encouraging people to keep up hope against Mental's Alien Invasion and to not forget the little things that they are also fighting for that make humanity what it is. Although he has no plot relevance and all of his speeches can be skipped entirely, Corwin ends up as something of a Good Counterpart to the game's Big Bad Lord Achriman, who is doing everything he can to crush Earth's resistance both physically and psychologically.
  • In Shin Megami Tensei II, the hero's designated bodyguard took over the Mesian TV broadcasts to reveal the truth about some of the horrific things they had done. Naturally the Mesians tried to shut him up.
  • Michael Liberty in the StarCraft Expanded Universe. A news reporter who was embedded with the Confederate Alpha Squadron at first contact with the zerg and protoss, he then jumped ship with Jim Raynor to join Arcturus Mengsk in his war against the Confederacy. After Mengsk unleashed the zerg against Tarsonis, Liberty started broadcasting anti-Mengsk stories from the underground.
  • The Voice of Free Mars and the Dystopian Sno-Men serve this purpose in Starsiege.
  • Susan Bradley is the spiritual (and military) leader of the Bora in Tachyon: The Fringe. Some of the Bora mission briefings include her calling out to any willing pilot to aid the Bora in their fight against the Mega-Corp GalSpan. She also commands an elite squadron of Space Fighters known as "Susan's Lance" and has scored numerous victories against GalSpan holdings.
  • Warframe
    • Eudico was once Vox Solaris, the voice of the Solaris' resistance against Nef Anyo's oppression. But after the events of Deck 12, Eudico tried to placate Nef through any means necessary to protect the survivors. Once she realizes he can't be reasoned with, she returns in full force.
    • Nora Night broadcasts throughout the Origin System, asking the Tenno to fight for a better future and provides incentives for their efforts.
  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen adds a Resistance Radio station that sometimes chimes in on the Avenger to express his admiration for the Commander's body count, suggest that civilians do their part to aid the liberation of Earth by walking up to the nearest ADVENT peacekeeper and shoot them in the face, or play cheesy jingles for ADVENT Burder. A Tactical Legacy Pack mini-campaign further expands on the guy's backstory and shows the downside of messing with alien technology to start a pirate radio station - the DJ's signal inadvertently lured a horde of Chryssalids out of the ocean to menace coastal communities, forcing XCOM to come in and clean up his mess.

    Web Original 
  • Cecil finds himself in the role in Welcome to Night Vale during episode 46. He also more passive-aggressively disagrees with Strex Corp in the preceding episodes, but it's during "Parade Day" that he serves in this role most obviously; there are morse code messages hidden underneath regular broadcasts, and near the end he urges everyone to go and fight.
  • World War II: Episode 43 - "A Nazi Europe?" discusses Charles de Gaulle's broadcast from London in June 1940 (the one quoted at the top of this article), urging the continued resistance of the French despite the successes of the German invasion.

    Western Animation 
  • Star Wars Rebels:
    • Ezra's parents did this, and were ultimately arrested for it.
    • Former Imperial Senator Gall Trayvis serves as this in Season 1, hacking into the Empire's HoloNet News to deliver "news the Empire doesn't want you to hear". Subverted in that he's actually working for the State Sec by identifying and monitoring rebel cells, leading the more troublesome ones into "accidents".
    • Later, Ezra Bridger becomes this with his submission sent from one of Lothal's radio towers that the rebels have captured.
      Ezra: We have been called criminals, but we are not. We are rebels, fighting for the people. Fighting for you ... Stand up together, because that's when we're strongest: as one!

    Real Life 
  • The BBC served this purpose for occupied Europe during World War II, even to the extent that it was used to give secret messages to the French Resistance—which is the Trope Namer. It maintained this role for people behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, and still does in countries where the media is censored by the government.
    • They would begin their news broadcasts with, "This is London calling." Thus the song by The Clash.
      • A tradition that was carried into the Eurovision Song Contest of all things. The various capital cities don't tend to say it so much these days, but the UK still does.
  • Radio Free Europe, which was founded in 1949 by the National Committee for a Free Europe and intended as a counterweight to state propaganda in communist countries.
  • An Phoblacht, newspaper of the IRA's political wing, Sinn Fein.
  • And of course the ever present effort of zinesters and Samizdat writers and copiers, anywhere there is something worth saying that someone with power doesn't want said. The photocopier and Internet have been great boons to this effort.
    • This is so bad that, during the height of the Soviet Union, a general wrote a paper to the government on how having only forty photocopiers (with only half of them working) was causing a severe paperwork back-up within the military. The government's reply basically was that it was a means of publication, and one that could potentially be used by counter-revolutionaries.
      • Rendered hilarious by the fact that the more tech-savvy counter-revolutionaries had collected the parts to build their own photocopier.
    • The same could be said for the Iskra and the Pravda under Tsarist rule in the Russian Empire. These news papers were the voice of the workers resistance.
      • Almost literally every single newspaper in Russia was affiliated to a political party who it wanted to succeed, and would describe itself as this.
    • Special mention goes to the US government's role in the Polish resistance and the Solidarity movement. Did they send them weapons to fight a guerilla war like so many other times? Nope. The CIA, with the assistance of the Catholic Church and American trade unions such as the AFL-CIO, sent photocopiers, along with money and advice on how to more effectively be the Voice of the Resistance.
  • Al-Manar, multimedia organization run by Hezbollah of Lebanon. Your mileage may vary, of course.
  • Wikileaks/Julian Assange and Anonymous could be considered this, but YMMV. Considerably.
  • As of 21st century, social networking sites seems to have taken this role. Facebook and Twitter were instrumental for the Arab Spring. And the Indignados. And the Occupy movement. It's Super Effective, largely because of the relative ease of communication provided by the Internet. Though that said, it's very easy to exaggerate its impact as governments all over the world have caught on.
    • Even the Taliban have Twitter accounts. Which the USA try to block. The USA isn't alone in this regard, China and Iran are also trying to block internet, albeit to a far greater extent.
    • To its logical extent: when Israeli raided Gaza in 2012, Hamas and the Israeli army engaged in a war of words in Twitter while their respective troops engaged in a war of firearms on the ground.
      • Observers on all sides have noted that the "media war" is at least as important as the actual war. Who is winning on the media front and why is best discussed elsewhere, though.
  • The Voice of America radio broadcasts served this purpose during the Cold War. RIAS also served this purpose for the East German territory in the vicinity of West Berlin; proposals were floated at various times to abolish it as a diplomatic gesture, but it was not dissolved until 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the formal reunification of Germany and the city of Berlin.
  • Some DJs on British pirate radio stations liked to think of themselves as this, on account of The BBC having a monopoly on broadcast media until the 1960s. Given that the BBC's gravest abuse of said monopoly was having very little quality music programming aimed at the 18-34 demographic, this was not terribly convincing... until the government of the day started sending boatloads of heavies to smash up their equipment note  while serving cease-and-desist notices on radio-ships and WWII anti-aircraft forts broadcasting from outside British territorial waters, which they may or may not have been legally entitled to do. Eventually the BBC relented and started Radio 1 specifically for rock and pop music, hiring a bunch of ex-pirate DJs in the process, and legalized commercial radio followed soon after.
    • It wasn't just Britain - several north European countries were targeted by pirate radio ships, as were Israel and even New Zealand. A couple of attempts were made off the USA, both rapidly silenced. Offshore piracy wasn't just in the 60s either - it began with Denmark's Radio Mercur in 1958, and didn't end until Radio Caroline made its last pirate broadcast in 1990 before going legit. Offshore broadcasting is now illegal just about everywhere, and countries have brought in even stiffer penalties for anyone who tries it. There are still one or two stations, however, that broadcast from ships legally in an attempt to recapture the spirit of the pirates.
      • One pirate that almost literally regarded itself as this was Radio North Sea International, which in early 1970 was actually jammed by the British Government over fears that it might try to influence the upcoming election. This naturally guaranteed that despite the jamming the station would try to influence the election by promoting the Opposition party.
      • And on the internet today there are many stations that don't pay royalties (some of which have broadcast transmitters as well), and play music they claim can't be found on corporate-owned stations.
    • Likewise, in France, starting from 1977, several pirate radio stations were created, such as Radio Verte Paris and Radio Verte Fessenheim, which were created by environnementalists, or SOS Emploi (by trade union CFDT protesting against steel mill closures) and Lorraine Coeur d'Acier, the latter managing to go beyond the CGT initial target since it welcomed persons from every political opinion on every category of subject. After 1981 rules about private radios were relaxed.
  • During the Liberation War of 1971, where Bangladesh won their freedom from Pakistan, the Swadhin Bangla Betar or Free Bangla Radio acted as this to the freedom fighters fighting the war on the ground. The station was based in Kolkata, India and staffed with Bangladeshi radio personnel, journalists and artists who had escaped the Pakistani Army to India. The station broadcasted news, patriotic songs and plays and kept up the morale of the soldiers of the ground with constant reminders of what they were fighting for and how well they were doing. Later on, the staff of the station and the artists who had taken part in their programmes were designated Swabdosoinik or Sound Warriors (which sounds much cooler in Bangla...) in recognition of their dedication and their contribution to the War.
  • A more recent and way less clear-cut example was the closure of Greece's national broadcaster, ERT, through an executive order (which are meant to be issued only in cases of imminent natural disasters or wars, that allows the executive branch of the government to ignore the elected parliament), accidentally turning it to the Television of Resistance -both about the network itself, but also to other groups of people. The corporation is dissolved, and all 2500 of staff are fired. About an hour before midnight on the 11th of June 2013 major transmission points went off-air after riot police seized most transmission sites. The following day, the studios of one of the three ERT channels were also occupied (namely ET 1). The programme of the other two channels, NET and ERT 3, as well as most public radio stations remained on air, often with the help of other, small local radio and TV stations lending ERT's staff their frequencies (which faced jamming and penalties by the government for doing so) and through webstreaming. The (ex-)staff, being for all intents and purposes fired, used their new-found editorial freedom to explain how government meddling ruined the once successful public broadcaster to benefit private interests (June 2013 was the month were the digital TV broadcasting licenses were going to be auctioned, and private channels really didn't want ERT getting one on their own, rather wanted them to be their private consortium's client). They also invited disenfranchised groups of people to the studios and aired a lot of crowdsourced documentaries that indie creators offered to (ex-)ERT, curiously, all related to subjects that traditional media avoids (racism, corruption in the government and so on). The newscasters played this trope straight when they redubbed ERT (Elliniki Radiofonia Tileorasi: Greek Radio Television) to Eleftheri Radiofonia Tileorasi (Free Radio Television), initialized the same in Greek. Their broadcast still goes on as of the moment for writing (August 2013), although severely weakened because of more government meddling, and also, people who decided that bringing bread back home might be more urgent than defending a concept and protesting an unlawful dismissal (you can't really fault them, seeing the unemployment rates and poverty in Greece). The role of public broadcaster was hastily replaced by the government (after public outcry) with an entity with no legal standing and public domain movies on loop.
  • Part of Russia Today's MO is to present itself, the Russian Federation, along with Vladimir Putin as this for those critical of the foreign policy of the West. The irony of it being effectively run by an increasingly autocratic and authoritarian regime, particularly after the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, not to mention is unafraid to exploit far-right and far-left crankery isn't lost to anyone.
  • The US weaponized this several times during the Cold War, most famously during the CIA backed coup in Guatemala in 1954. A short wave station calling itself Voice of the Liberation which was supposedly rebel broadcasts from within the Guatemalan jungle, (but in reality were Guatemalan-American exiles broadcasting from Florida) began playing in Guatemala, decrying the socialist government and backing the invading forces of exiled officer Carlos Castillo Armas. Despite Castillo Armas's forces being pitifully incapable of seizing the country militarily, the broadcasts and the prospect of the US fully backing Castillo Armas and invading as well terrified the citizenry and demoralized the Guatemalan army. The result was a group of officers turning on President Arbenz out of fear of a US invasion, Arbenz resigning and fleeing the country, and Castillo Armas being installed as the head of a military junta.
  • The '44 Warsaw Uprising has its own radio station, as you can read in Courier From Warsaw (a memoir of a man who, among other things, worked for it as both writer and speaker). Broadcasts have been listened to and recorded as far as London.
  • There are outlets that oppose the CCP's tyranny.
    • Both New Tang Dynasty News and China Uncensored (both founded by Falun Gong members) are radio and video outlets that aim on reporting topics deemed sensitive to the Chinese Government, such as the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Cultural Revolution, Tofu Dreg Projectsnote , general corruption and abuse of power, genocide of both Falun Gong, Tibetans, Uyghurs (which includes organ harvesting), etc.
    • The Epoch Times (also founded by Falun Gong) is another example of this trope, even having a branch in Hong Kong, and like the above aims at posting uncensored, and unbiased news that isn't controlled by the CCP. For obvious reasons, they are often targeted by thugs who totally have nothing to do with CCP in an attempt to silence and intimidate them (with the latest incident happening in April 2021 where they smashed computer and machinery that produces said papers with sledgehammers). That doesn't stop them from reporting and posting uncensored content though.
    • Apple Daily is a Hong Kong newspaper outlet that publishes unbiased, uncensored information regarding policies and current events regarding China. Unfortunately with the release of the controversial Hong Kong National Security Law on June 2020, HK authorities cracked down on the HQ itself and arrested its founder Jimmy Lai. This, alongside freezing their assets has caused Apple Daily to cease publications on June 2021.
  • The "Voice of Free and Fighting Algeria" (Voix de l’Algérie libre et combattante, Sawt El Djazair el hourra el moukafiha) was the clandestine radio station created by the FLN, which wanted the independence of Algeria. It was really popular among the masses: author and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon noted that, before 1954, most of the auditive hallucinations involving radio among his Arab patients were negative but that, after 1954, these voices became positive and motivating. It went to the point colonial authorities had to restrict the sale of radios.

Alternative Title(s): Voice Of La Resistance