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AMARC Europe

Membership Campaign

2020
AMARC Europe is the membership organization serving the community radio movement across Europe. The political representation of this broadcasting sector is the driving principle of our initiatives and actions. A stronger network means more impact. With your AMARC membership fees you join over 300 community radio stations and federations in over 20 European countries and over 3.000 AMARC members worldwide with the aim to strengthen the community media sector in Europe and worldwide.

In November 2020 AMARC Europe will hold its General Assembly in Brussels/Belgium – detailed information coming soon. In the course of the General Assembly also all applications for new members will be discussed and approved. So, this is now the opportunity to become a full member with AMARC Europe.

We are also calling on our current members to update their membership details and fees and get in touch if there are any questions via members@amarceurope.eu.  

We remind you that all the community radios, radio federations or production groups can apply for the full membership. Single persons, researchers or any other radio activist can only apply for the “associated member” status. Please check our website to get more information at this regard.

In line with our statutes, radio stations should be “up to date” with the payment of membership fees in order to have the (active and passive) right to vote during the General Assembly. This means that if the membership fees were not payed in the previous years, we kindly ask you at this stage to update your subscription including the previous unpaid membership fee.
 
Why to become AMARC member? 10 Good reasons to do it.
  1. AMARC Europe is promoting networking, lobbying and advocacy activities for the European community radio sector with European Union, Council of Europe, UN institutions and the civil society and NGO sector
  2. AMARC Europe promotes and gives visibility to Good and Best-Practice examples within and beyond the community media sector
  3. AMARC Europe provides political support for community media e.g. regulation processes, consultations on community media et al
  4. AMARC Europe opens up for free its office, meeting rooms and infrastructure in Brussels for members e.g. for meetings or events
  5. AMARC Europe provides continue communication and information exchange on the community radio environment in Europe and beyond
  6. AMARC Europe is a multi-channel dissemination platform for information, needs and demands of its members and the community media movement
  7. AMARC Europe is regularly organizing events & meetings on relevant topics for the community media sector
  8. AMARC Europe provides diverse opportunities for common projects and activities with European and Non-European partners – participation in a worldwide movement
  9. AMARC Europe offers possibilities for volunteers e.g. EVS
  10. Purchase the .radio domain for 25€ per year instead of 300€
 
Together We Are Stronger!
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Community Media & Covid19

How is your Community Media responding to Covid19? Send us your programs, workshops or resources on the topic

AMARC Europe is collecting Community Media Responses, Programs or Resources relevant in the current Covid19 situation


We see at the moment many examples of how community media provide trusted, regular, diverse and/or multilingual information on the Covid19 developments for, from and by their respective communities. The European community media sector also critically covers the current societal developments and restrictions we are facing in different parts of Europe.

Your community radio is broadcasting programs on the Covid19 situation in your town, neighbourhood or country? You offer multilingual prevention info for your local communities? You have developed a webinar or workshop formats to support the local communities to continue program production? Let us know and send us all the activities you are taking in the current situation.

AMARC Europe is collecting your actions, resources and programs and is sharing it on its website to enable common knowledge sharing and exchange. Please share this information via members@amarceurope.eu and we will publish them as soon as possible.

 
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AMARC Europe Newsletter

March 2020
Dear AMARC members,
 
A newsletter from AMARC Europe at this time, in which Covid19 is the all-important topic and the measures against the disease have changed our lives a lot, can of course not be an attempt to keep the agenda.

And yet the kind of state of emergency must not lead us to wait paralyzed until everything seems to be all right again. The community radios are currently struggling with an additional burden for their existence and find their function and task under the challenges again different and maybe new. And we ask ourselves how AMARC Europe can act, have to position itself differently, can provide support and still be able to complete the tasks at hand and achieve the goals set.

Above all else, this is of course about the organization of the general assembly and conference in autumn 2020, which also includes mobilizing our members and also attracting new members who can be accepted at the assembly. And even if we still cannot know how long we will all be concerned with the Corona crisis and how long it will hinder our actions, we will do everything we can to get the General Assembly of AMARC Europe up with as many participants as possible put. This also includes launching a membership campaign this month.

That and reports from our Grassroots Radio project, the diverse responds of the European Community Radio sector to Covid19, our new UNESCO project on digital communications rights and first information on our membership campaign is what the newsletter is about!
 
Lots of strength and stay healthy
Michael Nicolai
AMARC Europe President
AMARC Europe Activities
Grassroots Radio

Responds on Covid19

As the Coronavirus is spreading across Europe, Grassroots Radio project partners (including AMARC Europe) are devoting their energies to arrange information initiatives to keep local populations informed about data and events connected to the health emergency. Additionally, there are members of the consortium who are also active to monitor governmental decisions regarding the organization of information about the virus.

This is the case of Active Watch, the Romanian human rights organization and member of the GR project that promotes free communication for the public interest. Liana Ganea, member of Active Watch and Reporters Without Borders as well as an active component of the GR project, answered to the microphones of Radio FRO, a free radio broadcasting in Upper Austria.

A significant part of the interview is dedicated to the measures that Romania is implementing in order to contrast fake news. Liana told Radio FRO that the Romanian government decided that local authorities cannot communicate data to journalists anymore. All data about the cases have to be communicate to a central body that is governing the crisis. This is an example of lack of transparency that the government has started to implement.

NGOs are rather buys to react against these policies. The declaration of state of emergency has introduced measures that are affecting freedom of expression, making the work of journalists and NGOs more opaque and difficult. One of the consequences of these decisions is that the government can ask the telecom regulator to delete any website that they think create fake news. According to Liana, this process is rather unclear both because there are not intermediate steps until the shutdown and because the criteria to determine the quality of a content have not been clarified.  According to Liana, state authorities admitted that they lost track of the virus.

The interview has been conducted in English and included between minutes 11.45 and 23:00.

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UNESCO Project:
Digital Communication Rights for Community Media

AMARC Europe is proud to announce the beginning of a new project supported by UNESCO, “ Fostering digital communication rights for community media”.

In continuation with its strategic global perspective, AMARC wishes to fullfil its role promoting participatory democracy and active citizenship through the defence and advancement of community media.

In order to turn this aspiration into action, AMARC is strengthening its involvement in the promotion of the right to communicate in the digital sphere and in particular in relation to digital terrestrial broadcasting, transition and use of digital distribution methods, in line with UNESCO Community Media Sustainability Policy Papers, adopted in 2016.

This project will extend and reactivate the debates raised since few years in the domain of digital communication rights in several, regions covered by AMARC members.

ICTs and mobile telephony are opening up new frontiers for community broadcasters. For example, the mobile telephone, when used on its own provides person-to-person information and communication possibilities. However, when we combine it with a community radio station, it becomes a dynamic “collective” communication tool. In this way, mobile telephones can help to empower marginalized communities to become active participants in community dialogue, each contributing his or her own experiences and ideas.

In the transition from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting (DAB+), and in line with UNESCO community media sustainability policy papers “.. A key issue is ensuring that community broadcasters have access to the same ‘equitable’ portion of the frequency spectrum that they had in the analogue world. However, transmission works in fundamentally different ways in the digital environment, at least with most modern technologies, and this requires more carefully tailored regulatory approaches”.

Three aspects will be considered:

  1. Reserving spectrum
  2. Mitigating costs of the shift from analogue to digital broadcasting
  3. Approaching the wider challenges of convergence

The general objective of this project is to raise the number of countries that have strengthened policies for adequate and tailored audio-visual regulation in the digital broadcasting sphere in favour of community media. At the end of the project, at least 5 countries will have taken steps to strengthen those policies.

Beyond European borders, AMARC Europe has already identified some possible countries where to concentrate the efforts. In the Asian Region, Bangladesh and its BNNRC will partner the initiative, as well as URAC in Senegal and the Community Media Network in Jordan. More countries will be involved in Central and Latin America.

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AMARC Europe Membership

Campaign 2020
AMARC Europe is the membership organization serving the community radio movement across Europe. The political representation of this broadcasting sector is the driving principle of our initiatives and actions. A stronger network means more impact. With your AMARC membership fees you join over 300 community radio stations and federations in over 20 European countries and over 3.000 AMARC members worldwide with the aim to strengthen the community media sector in Europe and worldwide.

In November 2020 AMARC Europe will hold its General Assembly in Ireland – detailed information coming soon. In the course of the General Assembly also all applications for new members will be discussed and approved. So, this is now the opportunity to become a full member with AMARC Europe.

We are also calling on our current members to update their membership details and fees and get in touch if there are any questions via members@amarceurope.eu.  

We remind you that all the community radios, radio federations or production groups can apply for the full membership. Single persons, researchers or any other radio activist can only apply for the “associated member” status. Please check our website to get more information at this regard.

In line with our statutes, radio stations should be “up to date” with the payment of membership fees in order to have the (active and passive) right to vote during the General Assembly. This means that if the membership fees were not payed in the previous years, we kindly ask you at this stage to update your subscription including the previous unpaid membership fee.
 
Why to become AMARC member? 10 Good reasons to do it.
  1. AMARC Europe is promoting networking, lobbying and advocacy activities for the European community radio sector with European Union, Council of Europe, UN institutions and the civil society and NGO sector
  2. AMARC Europe promotes and gives visibility to Good and Best-Practice examples within and beyond the community media sector
  3. AMARC Europe provides political support for community media e.g. regulation processes, consultations on community media et al
  4. AMARC Europe opens up for free its office, meeting rooms and infrastructure in Brussels for members e.g. for meetings or events
  5. AMARC Europe provides continue communication and information exchange on the community radio environment in Europe and beyond
  6. AMARC Europe is a multi-channel dissemination platform for information, needs and demands of its members and the community media movement
  7. AMARC Europe is regularly organizing events & meetings on relevant topics for the community media sector
  8. AMARC Europe provides diverse opportunities for common projects and activities with European and Non-European partners – participation in a worldwide movement
  9. AMARC Europe offers possibilities for volunteers e.g. EVS 
  10. Purchase the .radio domain for 25€ per year instead of 300€
 
Together We Are Stronger!
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News from the

Community Media Sector:


Special Focus on European Community Media’s Covid19 Responds
Community Radios in Berlin

Have a New Home
Opening of the FRBB Studio in the House of Statistics,
Berlin-Alexanderplatz on 31.3.2020 from 15:00-22:00

Berlin is not one city, but many.
Radio is not made by itself, but by many.
And the Free Radios Berlin Brandenburg do not have one studio,
but – many.

So, in spite of all odds, on Tuesday, March 31st,2020 the now 15th studio of the provider community Freies Radio Berlin Brandenburg. The 15th is the quite most central studio – in the House of Statistics on Berlin’s Alexanderplatz.

Numerous and countless radio producers* broadcast from 15 to 22 o’clock a special programme, on the present, past and future of Free Radios in Berlin and Brandenburg.

With contributions from Colaboradio, Datscharadio, frrapó,  Ohrfunk, Ohrsicht, onda, Pi Radio, Radio aporee, Radio Słubfurt, Radio Woltersdorf and Studio Ansage. a special programme, on the present, past and future of free Radio stations in Berlin and Brandenburg.

Anybody else forgotten? Sure, because…
the Free Radios Berlin Brandenburg are open to access
– just as free radios are.

Stay tuned – In Berlin at 88.4 MHz and in Potsdam at 90.7.
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Radio Helsinki (Austria)

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions


The daily Corona Update
Starting Monday, 16.3, Radio Helsinki in Graz/Austria is providing daily information on the Covid19 situation in Austria. They are responding to current information from the federal government and fight against fake news (e.g. from social media), authoritarian tendencies and also panic.

Radio Helsinki states: “It is our concern to counteract the effects of drastic restrictions on freedom of movement and possible isolation.”

Listen to the programs in German here
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Bangladeshi Community Radios

25 Hours Program on COVID-19

Prevention Education  
Sixteen Community Radios stations in Bangladesh have been broadcasting Coronavirus prevention education in line with the National Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID – 19.
 
Community Radio stations are also taking special care during designing, developing and broadcasting  prevention education program on COVID -19 by considering the policy brief of ARTICLE 19 title is Viral Lies: Misinformation and the Coronavirus. 
 
Media outlets and journalists should proactively report on disinformation, propaganda and discrimination by state or non-state actors in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. Accurate reporting by reputable journalistic sources is one of the most powerful tools to 
 
Media outlets and journalists should support effective systems of self-regulation, including both national press complaints bodies and ombudsmen or public editors at individual news outlets. Such bodies or officials should help to ensure the right of correction or reply to address inaccurate or discriminatory reporting in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. 
 
Media outlets and journalists should adhere to the highest ethical standards, including equality principles, when reporting on COVID-19. They should report about COVID-19 accurately and without bias, avoiding stereotyping, and without unnecessarily referring to race or nationality or ethnic origin.
 
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has been monitoring and observation the situation 24×7 hours centrally and providing support and advice to the community radios as and when required. One broadcaster in each radio stations is working as the focal person to coordinate COVID -19 prevention programs. Sixteen community radio stations focal are working closely with the local district, upazila and union Coronavirus Prevention Committees and government offices for reinforcing information to develop the radio programs.
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CM & Covid19 Online Repository

Community Media Share Their

Covid19 Actions
For community media and the community around them to share and inspire in solidarity, CMFE has created a Google doc forum, where you can upload documentation on how you work with and around the Coronavirus crisis.

You can upload 
·       Multilingual materials
·       Links
·       Factsheets and studies
·       CM broadcasts/productions
·       Case stories of how Community Media make a difference
Link to the Online Repository
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Team AMARC Europe Newsletter
Coordination: Alexander Vojvoda

Articles: Francesco Diasio, Xenia Helms, Birgitte Jallov, Michael Nicolai, Mariacristina Sciannamblo, Alexander Vojvoda

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International Women’s Day 2020

AMARC Europe is joining the

International Women’s Day 2020

campaign
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted in 1995 at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing/China. AMARC Europe supports the The Beijing Declaration’s resolutions fully in order to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls, fight women’s economic independence and the structural reasons for economic fractions, to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, ensure equal access to and equal treatment of women in education and health care and enhance women’s sexual and reproductive health as well as education and promote and protect all human rights of women and girls and include men to participate in all actions to achieve full equality.

This year’s International Women’s Day campaign I am Generation Equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country, to drive actions that will create a gender-equal world. However, there is still a way to go: “But even though there has been progress, no country has achieved gender equality. Our best hasn’t been good enough. Challenges remain for all countries, although many of them are not insurmountable.” says the statement of the UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on this year’s topic.
Media as Key Promotor for Gender Equality
 
Local, national and international media outlets remain an impactful daily source of information, discourse and exchange platform for a majority of persons in Europe and around the world. Who appears in and creates the news, which angles are been used to report on women and gender equality, how women are portrayed and what is been left out matters as structures and systems of discrimination and inequality are been reinforced through media systems.
 
The data on women in media, however, is unambiguous: in Europe only 24% of persons who are interviewed, or the focus of a news item are female and only 2 of 12 public radio stations in Germany are directed by women. Women’s points of view are rarely heard in the topics that dominate the news agenda; even in stories that affect women profoundly, such as gender-based violence, it is the male voice that prevails.
 
AMARC Europe fights for Gender Equality
 
AMARC Europe emphasizes the importance of the role played by women in the field of communication, media production and community media and identifies key areas for the continuous fight for women representation and gender equality on and off air:
 
  • Women’s access to the airwaves
  • Women’s representation on air
  • The special needs of minority women
  • Women’s representation at all levels of station management
  • The use of appropriate technology
  • Funding and capacity building for women’s radio
 
AMARC Europe calls on its over 250 members in over 20 European countries, friends and colleagues from the (community) media and communication field to make gender equality reality and contribute to this year’s International Women’s Day theme “I am Generation Equality – Realizing Women’s Rights”
 
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AMARC Europe Member Survey
The Digitalisation and the European Community Media Sector 

Dear AMARC Europe members,
Dear friends and colleagues from the community media sector in Europe and worldwide,

The current technological shift to digital communication (infra)structures, the visible effects of big internet platforms and streaming services on the way we consume and produce media and information, the shift in the participation in democratic discourses and the impact on the (community) media landscape in Europe will be one key area for the up-coming work of AMARC Europe and also a key discussion point at the AMARC Europe General Assembly holding in autumn 2020.


Therefore, we want to start a discussion with an initial member survey on the ways the current on-going technological developments are impacting the work and existence of our members and the community media sector and which answers and strategies have emerged out of these challenges. 

Your answers will help to develop an AMARC Europe digitalisation strategy, common projects, activities and answers to the common challenges.

We would highly appreciate if you could fill this short questionnaire. Thank you!
AMARC Member Survey: Community Media and Digitalisation [ENGLISH]
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Enquête auprès des membres de l’AMARC Europe:
La numérisation et le secteur des médias de la Communauté européenne 

Chers membres de l’AMARC Europe,
Chers amis et collègues du secteur des médias communautaires en Europe et dans le monde,

L’évolution technologique actuelle vers des (infra)structures de communication numérique, les effets visibles des grandes plateformes Internet et des services de streaming sur la manière dont nous consommons et produisons les médias et l’information, le changement de la participation aux discours démocratiques et l’impact sur le paysage médiatique (communautaire) en Europe seront un domaine clé pour le travail à venir de l’AMARC Europe et également un point de discussion lors de l’Assemblée générale de l’AMARC Europe qui se tiendra à l’automne 2020.

Par conséquent, nous voulons lancer une discussion avec une première enquête auprès des membres sur la manière dont les développements technologiques actuels ont un impact sur le travail et l’existence de nos membres et du secteur des médias communautaires et sur les réponses et stratégies qui ont émergé de ces défis.

Vos réponses aideront à développer une stratégie de numérisation de l’AMARC Europe, des projets communs, des activités et des réponses aux défis communs.

Nous vous serions très reconnaissants de bien vouloir remplir ce court questionnaire. Nous vous en remercions.
Enquête auprès des membres de l’AMARC: Médias communautaires et numérisation [FRANÇAIS]
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Encuesta a los miembros de AMARC Europa:
La digitalización y el sector de los medios de comunicación de la Comunidad Europea 

Estimados miembros de AMARC Europa,
Estimados amigos y colegas del sector de los medios de comunicación comunitarios en Europa y en todo el mundo,

El actual cambio tecnológico hacia (infra)estructuras de comunicación digitales, los efectos visibles de las grandes plataformas de Internet y los servicios de transmisión en línea (streaming) en la forma en que consumimos y producimos los medios de comunicación y la información, así como el cambio en la participación en los discursos democráticos y las repercusiones en el panorama de los medios de comunicación (comunitarios) en Europa serán una de las claves de la labor futura de AMARC Europa y también un punto de debate fundamental en la Asamblea General de AMARC Europa que se celebrará en el otoño de 2020.

Por lo tanto, queremos iniciar un debate con una primera encuesta a los miembros sobre la forma en que los actuales avances tecnológicos en curso están repercutiendo en la labor y la existencia de nuestros miembros y el sector de los medios de comunicación comunitarios y qué respuestas y estrategias han surgido de esos desafíos.

Sus respuestas ayudarán a desarrollar una estrategia de digitalización de AMARC Europa, proyectos comunes, actividades y respuestas a los desafíos del sector.

Le agradeceríamos mucho que completara este breve cuestionario. Muchas gracias!
Encuesta a los miembros de AMARC: Medios Comunitarios y Digitalización [ESPAÑOL]
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AMARC Europe Mitgliederbefragung:
Die Digitalisierung und der europäische Community Mediensektor 

Liebe AMARC Europe Mitglieder,
Liebe Freunde und Kolleg*innen aus den Freien Medien in Europa und weltweit, 

Der aktuelle technologische Wandel hin zu digitalen Kommunikations(infra)strukturen, die sichtbaren Auswirkungen großer kommerzieller Internetplattformen und Streamingdienste auf die Art und Weise, wie wir Medien und Informationen konsumieren und produzieren, der Wandel in der Teilhabe an demokratischen Diskursen und die Auswirkungen auf die (freie) Medienlandschaft in Europa werden ein Schlüsselbereich für die kommende Arbeit von AMARC Europe und auch ein zentraler Diskussionspunkt bei der AMARC Europe Generalversammlung im Herbst 2020 sein. 
Deshalb wollen wir eine Diskussion mit einer ersten Mitgliederbefragung beginnen, wie sich die derzeit laufenden technologischen Entwicklungen auf die Arbeit und Existenz unserer Mitglieder und den Freien Mediensektor auswirken und welche Antworten und Strategien sich aus diesen Herausforderungen ergeben haben. 

Eure Antworten werden dazu beitragen, eine Digitalisierungsstrategie für AMARC Europe, gemeinsame Projekte, Aktivitäten und Antworten auf die gemeinsamen Herausforderungen zu entwickeln. 

Wir würden uns sehr freuen, wenn Du diesen kurzen Fragebogen ausfüllen würdest. Vielen Dank!
AMARC Mitgliederbefragung: Community Medien und Digitalisierung [DEUTSCH]
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AMARC Special Newsletter


World Radio Day 2020

#weareDIVERSITY
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 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.”



Diversity is a claim AMARC Europe as the biggest representative of the European community radio sector is pursuing in its long history. In the AMARC Europe charter, which was adopted in 1994 in Ljubljana, the emphasis was put on the “… diversity of forms of community radio; … provide a right of access to minority and marginalised groups and promote and protect cultural and linguistic diversity; … inform their listeners on the basis of information drawn from a diversity of sources …”
 
Press freedom, access to information, critical reflection of media content and a diversity of media outlets are the key stones for a dynamic democracy, however, nowadays independent, local and community-oriented journalism is more and more exposed to political and economic threats and pressure. In this context, community media remain crucial actors and articulation platforms to ensure the participation of diverse communities in public discussion, provide access to local information and give a voice to underrepresented communities. The World Radio Day is one opportunity to showcase these potentials of community media in the current context.
 
The importance of the community media sector in the current European political environment to promote diversity has been acknowledged in the findings and the appreciations the community media sector has received as an integral part of vital democracies on European and international level.
 
The Council of Europe recommendation from 2018 on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership sees that the current content shift to the internet as a possible threat to independence of media houses and diversity and quality of productions. However, the Council of Europe also mentions that “…not-for-profit community media can serve as a counterbalance to increased media concentration. By virtue of their remit and organisation, public service media are particularly suited to address the informational needs and interests of all sections of society, as is true of community media in respect of their constituent users. It is of utmost importance that the mandates of public service media include the responsibility to reflect political pluralism and foster awareness of diverse opinions, notably by providing different groups in society – including cultural, linguistic, ethnic, religious, sexual or other minorities – with an opportunity to receive and impart information, to express themselves and to exchange ideas.”


 
The European Parliament states on the role of community media in the European Union in its resolution on media pluralism and freedom (2017/2209(INI)) from 2018 that “… community media and grassroots media, [which] are crucial elements of a favourable environment for guaranteeing the fundamental right to freedom of expression and information”.

AMARC Europe is looking forward to the various events and ways the community media sector in Europe and beyond will celebrate the World Radio Day 2020 and thereby emphasizes the crucial role community radios play in promoting diversity, democratic participation and social cohesion in our societies.
 
The AMARC Europe team wishes our members in Europe and our colleagues and friends around the World a happy World Radio Day 2020!
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Contact for further inquiries
 
Alexander Vojvoda
Project Co-ordinator AMARC Europe

alexander.vojvoda@amarceurope.eu
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Topic of the

World Radio Day 2020

#weareDIVERSITY
Key messages of the World Radio Day 2020
  1. Radio can integrate people from diverse groups in their editorial teams, including women, youth, minority from different origins, LGBTQI, people with disability and others.
  2. Radio can fairly and equally represent all men, women and children by creating and broadcasting targeted programmes by and for specific sectors of society, while also reflecting the diversity of the population in mainstream programmes. Radio stations can also set diversity targets in programmes and regularly seek audience reactions to them.
  3. To manage diversity radio stations can collect data and develop equal opportunity charters to promote diversity and inclusion in their workforce.
  4. Duty-bearers, including media regulators, can promote a favorable environment for radio diversity to flourish by means of different measures: for example increasing the licensing of radio operated by a variety of groups, such as indigenous / native/minority people – and/or measuring progress of broadcasting organizations towards diversity.
  5. News technologies increase diversity in radio. DAB/DAB+, online streaming, satellite radio and the spread of low-costs technologies have broaden the access to cost-effective methods of transmitting and broadcasting programmes. Similarly, podcasts have opened the door to new ways of producing and consuming audio content thus, increasing access to information and the variety of programmes available.
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Program Highlight
This Invisible Entity 

“What is radio?“ asks Alasdair Pinkerton at the beginning of his newly published book “Radio: Making Waves in Sound”, in which he answers this question a dozen times or more. Depending on time, place and perspective, it can mean the discovery of the natural occurring electromagnetic waves, the technological inventions that make use of these waves or a means of communication that has had tremendous effects on our lives since more than a century. It can also mean a medium of news and entertainment or the little box itself that we turn on to tune in. Alasdair Pinkerton’s “Radio” touches on all these aspects and shows beautifully that they are entangled on various levels. He tells the history of radio as stories of bold inventors, of uncanny coincidences and of political oppression and liberation.

Superscience Me is a monthly broadcast on the Viennese Radio Orange 94.0, created by Julia Grillmayr (julia.grillmayr@o94.athttps://scifi-fafo.com)

The program is licensed under CC-BY-ND (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/) and can be rebroadcasted.
Listen to “This Invisible Entity”
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