Physical attacks, online harassment and censorship: In recent days, media freedom organisations have shed light on threats against journalists reporting on the arrival of migrants into Greece. These attacks are taking place in a context of violence against migrants and those supporting them, such as NGOs and self- organised groups. They restrict the ability of journalists to work safely and inform citizens about the humanitarian crisis taking place at the borders of the European Union (EU).
A safe environment is essential for journalists to perform their role as watchdogs of democracy. The current situation in Greece is symptomatic of the severe threats to press freedom witnessed by media freedom organisations within the EU. It does not only have an harmful impact journalists’ working conditions, but also restricts citizens’ access and right to information.
We urge the EU and Member States to:
- Take swift action to create a safe environment to protect journalists, freelancers and bloggers reporting on the current situation at the Greek-Turkish border, Lesbos Island, and other crossing points,
- Publicly condemn the restrictions to press freedom and human rights violations taking place in the context of the humanitarian crisis in Greece,
- Ensure that those responsible for the recent attacks against journalists, freelancers and bloggers are identified and prosecuted,
- Continue to fight disinformation and hate speech targeting migrants and asylum seekers, contributing to fueling the tensions at the crossing points.
The UNESCO has announced this year’s topic for the World Radio Day: Diversity.
“Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations. “
For more information visit the World Radio Day website here
AMARC Europe is part of the second phase of the SoundRoutes project. The SoundRoutes initiative provides an opportunity for international musicians, who emigrated to Europe to perform within local communities and in collaboration with local artists. Several musical concepts were designed with the objective of supporting their integration into the social and professional environment of the host community. The Creative Europe programme of the European Commission approved the second phase of the Soundroutes project that will go on until the end of 2020.
The second phase of the SoundRoutes project will foresee the following actions:
- 38 sessions of local co-creation’s incubators of transcultural music in Berlin, Bologna, Sevilla and Gent.
- Mobility program for 70 musicians (50 refugees/migrant and 20 European) in Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Greece
- 30 Masteclasses for musicians and workshops for youngsters held by refugees and migrant musicians.
- A SoundRoutes booking agency
- A Soundroutes online platform and web-portal
The project is co-ordinated by Brauerei Wissmannstraße e.V. – Werkstatt der Kulturen (Berlin/GER) and collaborates with Associazione Bologna in Musica (Bologna/ITA), Vzw De Vergunning (Gent/BEL), “Marmaduke S” (Sevilla/ESP) , AMARC Europe (Brussels/BEL) and Chios Music Festival (Chios/GRE).
For more information visit soundroutes.eu
SMART (Specific Methodologies And Resources for Radio Trainers) is addressed to radio trainers in community media and offers selected and valid training exercises and methods even to specific target groups to create radio trainings. It was about producing a training tool that would prevail over time, and no disappear at the end of the project. SMART on-line tool brings together the training experience of community radios but also adapted activities to be used with people with learning difficulties, vision impaired, and migrant women.
From 17 to 18 October 2019 the team around the SMART Erasmus+ project held a coordination meeting in Aarau, Switzerland with participants from Hungary, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Ireland. The main goal was to plan the next steps for a pilot training in March 2020 and assess the results from the developed training and gain important feedback on the next steps of the development of the training modules.
The project is coordinated by Radio Corax (Halle/GER) and partners with NEAR FM (Dublin/IRE), Antxeta Irratia (Basque/FRA), Radioschool klipp+klang (Zürich/CH), COMMIT (Vienna/AUT), CMFE (Brussels/BEL) and AMARC Europe (Brussels/BEL).
On 7 and 8 October 2019 AMARC Europe hosted the last meeting of the Ethical Media for Active Citizenship (EMAC) project in its office in Brussels. The project will conclude on 31 October 2019, and currently partners are uploading the activities and the rest of the materials on the online training tool. All documents and resources will be available in German and Spanish, as well as English.
The project aims to develop a training course delivering media literacy tools while providing citizens and media activists with valuable competences to face very topical challenges presented to both, media producers and audiences (fake news/alternative facts, infomercials vs. information, freedom of speech and hate speech, diversity and pluralism in media, production values and content placement) and you can find more about it by visiting the website, and you can view some of the project outputs by visiting the Terminology and Guidelines, Activities and Categories pages.
The project is coordinated by NEAR FM (Ireland) and the partnership includes Radio Corax (Halle, Germany), Radio Wüste Welle (Tübingen, Germany), Commit (Austria), EMARTV (Andalucia, Spain) and AMARC Europe (Brussels, Belgium).
This project was funded by the Erasmus + programme through Léargas, the Irish National Agency.