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World Radio Day 2020: We are DIVERSITY

Dear AMARC Europe members, colleagues and friends,In a few days we will celebrate the World Radio Day 2020. This year’s World Radio Day topic is \”We are DIVERSITY. We are RADIO\”.The UNESCO argues in this year’s topic rational that “radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At… read more

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Budpaest based Community Radio Civil Radio takes Media Council’s decision to court

In our last newsletter we reported on the decision of the Hungarian Media Council to not re-issue the licence for the Community Radio Civil Radio in Budapest. Find here the full statement of Civil Radio on the decision of the Media Council.Civil Radio will challenge the decision! Read here the new statement on the next steps:\”We take our case to the… read more

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Last week the Budapest based community radio CIVIL RÁDIÓ – FM 98 received the negative decision of the Hungarian Media Council on their re-application for their broadcasting licence. In a first statement Civil Radio reacts to the decision of the Media Council with the words . “Our voice is the same, and we do not want to be silenced. We will be expelled… read more

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Bavarian Community Radio Association founded – Community Media are organising

End of August the bavarian Community Radios formed the Verband Community Media Bayern (VCMB ) to better represent the concept of Community Media in public. For this representatives of Radio Z from Nuremberg, LORA from Munich and Radio Free FM of Ulm and Neu Ulm, all organized in the Bundesverband Freier Radios (BFR), met at LORA in Munich. These… read more

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AMARC at the ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019

AMARC joined the 6th Conference of the Radio Research Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), which was held in the lovely setting of the University of Siena (Italy), on September 19-21. Several interesting keynote speeches and pieces of research have been presented, highlighting the variety and vivacity of the radio sector across and beyond Europe. The first keynote… read more

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Community Media and Disaster Risk Reduction: Amarc at the UN Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is a biennial multi-stakeholder forum established by the UN General Assembly to review progress, share knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in reducing disaster risk. The sixth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) took place in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 to 17 May, 2019, convened and organized… read more

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AMARC Europe statement on Increase of the Private Broadcasting Fund in Austria

AMARC Europe reacted to the amendment of the Austrian private broadcasting fund with a statement. Read the full statement in English below or download the statement in English or German To Austrian Federal Ministry European Union, Art, Culture and Media Ballhausplatz 2 1010 Vienna Austria Brussels, 23rd May 2019 Increase of the Private Broadcasting Fund and Amendment of the KommAustria Act of 6 May 2019 Dear Mr Blümel, Dear Federal Government… read more

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More money for Austrian private broadcasters. However, why only for commercial broadcasters?

In May 2019 the Austrian government increased the funding for the private media sector by € 5 million. However, this substantial increase will solely benefit the commercial private media sector – the funding for the community media sector remains the same. AMARC Europe invited Josef Seethaler to discuss the impact of these changes on the Austrian Community… read more

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Community media input into Andalusian Audiovisual Legislation

The Spanish Community Media Association – REMC- has been making representations in the consultation carried out by the Andalusian autonomous government discussions of the Andalusian Audiovisual Media Law in the regional Parliament in 2018.
You can find more information on the REMC website and they have also subtitled the videos in English, . 

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AMARC Europe supports CUAC FM in it’s struggle to keep right to communicate

AMARC Europe fully supports CUAC FM in their conflict with the regulatory authority and calls for all parties to support human and free media rights.



With this declaration we aim to defend the exercise of the freedom of speech through any means, specially the community media.

Community radios are non-profit, plural and independent spaces… read more

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The legal situation of Spanish Community Media Sector

The Community Media Sector has been developed in Spain since the 80s. However, Community Media legal recognition occurred 20 years later, when the State approved the new Audiovisual Communication General Law 7/2010, of March 31, 2010 . Over six years have passed and no one community radio has been awarded with a broadcasting license. Despite the requests made by the… read more

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Spanish government internal memo suggest to end the recognition of community media

In response to the information published by an internal report from the Ministry of Industry on the call for licenses for Digital TV Platform in which it is proposed the elimination of community media from the legislation, AMARC Europe requires the Spanish government to clarify this situation.


As information published in the media suggest that the Ministry of Industry… read more

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Support our colleagues in Asturias

As Radio Kras, in Asturies, Spain, was preparing to celebrate 30 year on-air, they were notified of disciplinary proceedings by the regional government. Below you can find Radio Kras statement and the support letter.
Support Letter
Manifesto supporting the Asturian free radios
Associations, organizations or groups who want to join the Manifesto can do so by copying and pasting… read more

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Spanish government attacks Human Rights and Press and Information Freedom

31 December 2014. Just one day after International Human Rights Day, 10 December, the #LeyMordaza (Gag Law) has been approved in Spain which essentially legalises human rights abuses and penalises media coverage that might uncover abusive police behaviour. Under the new law, the production and distribution of images such as the one below can get you a 30.000€… read more

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The Spanish Government threatens Radio Nava with a disproportionate fine

Radio Nava (Asturias, Spain) has started a campaign on the webpage to avoid the 30.000 Euros fine imposed by the Spanish Ministry of Industry. The radio station has been charged for using an unauthorized frequency (only 3 community and free radios in Spain have legal licenses to broadcast). Besides the legal actions that this community radio is preparing, the… read more

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ReMC will challenge in court Spanish government plans to exclude community TV from Digital platforms

A Coruña, 14 November 2014. The Community Media Network (ReMC) has decided to file an administrative appeal against the royal decree of the Government in the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT). The Government has excluded community television despite being bound by the General Law on Audiovisual Communication 2010, which plans for television frequencies to be reserved and provided to nonprofit… read more

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ReMC asks the Andalusian Government to include community media in the development of the Audiovisual Law

Seville, November 11, 2014. The Community Media Network (ReMC) calls on the Andalusian regional government to incorporate the 95 citizen proposals developed under the Andalusian Education Forum Communication and Citizenship in the drafting of the Law on Audiovisual Communication for Andalusia . During its Extraordinary Annual Meeting, the ReMC expressed its supports for these proposals, and they were included in the Declaration of… read more

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