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AMARC Europe Newsletter 06/2019

Dear AMARC members,
Dear colleagues and friends,

Sometimes working for Community Radio’s legal acceptance and recognition feels like Sisyphus must have felt rolling his stone uphill day after day. Last month in Germany there was the final audition for the legal framework for electronic media of Berlin-Brandenburg.

Representatives of the public service media, the media authority and the Community Radio sector were invited to comment on the treaty regulating the media landscape in Berlin-Brandenburg. After 25 years of fighting for legal recognition and substantial financial funding the treaty is only mentioning Free Radios in Berlin and Brandenburg as one kind of community media to be licenced, however, financial funding for our sector is not mentioned. At the end the media authority is allowed to continue the neglection of the existing six free radios in Berlin-Brandenburg. We’ll see how this will impact the momentum of the radio activists who again have to campaign and wait for a changed legal framework for electronic media of Berlin-Brandenburg.

In moments like these it helps to see examples for success such as the result of the struggles Cuac FM in A Coruna had to go through to reach an important victory for the whole Spanish Community Radio scene. We also put a spotlight on the current situation in Austria, Honduras and much more in the current edition of the AMARC Europe newsletter. Enjoy the read.

Tuyo sinceramente

Michael Nicolai
Presidente de AMARC Europa
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MORE MONEY FOR AUSTRIAN PRIVATE BROADCASTERS. HOWEVER, WHY ONLY FOR COMMERCIAL BROADCASTERS?

On 6 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 addressed this issue in a statement to the Austrian Federal government (statement can be downloaded in inglés y Alemán via the AMARC Europe website) and demanded a strong commitment to support the future development of the Austrian non-commercial broadcasting sector and “fully supports the demands of the Federation of Community Radios in Austria (VFRÖ – Verband Freier Radios Österreich) and calls for an increase of the fund for the promotion of non-commercial broadcasting from €3 million to €5.5 million in order to guarantee the safeguarding and expansion of non-commercial broadcasting in Austria, media diversity, low-threshold access to local media and information offerings and the mediation of critical media skills.”

Josef Seethaler, Deputy Director of the Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies at the Austrian Academy of Science, states in an article for the June edition of the AMARC Europe newsletter that Community Media are an essential part of democratic development in Austria and an important sphere for political participation and that “participation […] will be feasible above all in the local space: in our own living environment, whose advantages and problems we know. If we experience democracy there, we will have confidence in it. Let us strengthen the role of non-commercial media!”
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AMARC Europe Projects and Activities

Grassroots Wavelength: FM broadcasting in Sfantu Gheorghe

Romania: the 30th of May at 12h20 local time, it was a small step for radiophony but a huge step for the Romanian community of Sfantu Gheorge. On the 89.9 Mhz FM frequency, on air operations have officially started. The RootIo technology, still in its experimenting phase, reacted very well to the diversity of inputs although local networking problems have sometimes cut the parallel internet streaming. We welcome a new community radio in Europe.
Read more on GrassRootsRadio.eu

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

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 by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and hosted by the Government of Switzerland. In this framework, AMARC was invited to represent the community radio sector on the panel discussion, organized by WBU (Worldwide Broadcasting Unions), on the role of media in disaster risk reduction and how accurate and timely information through tv, radio and printed media could impact positively populations, preparing them against disasters and alerting them on increasing disaster risk.
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International Community Mediascape

Spain: Spanish Supreme Court confirms FM transmission for Cuac FM

On 3 June 2019 the Spanish Supreme Court has confirmed the right of transmission on FM for A Coruña based Community Radio Cuac FM and thereby protecting the fundamental rights to communicate in Spain for civil society initiatives like Community Radios. Read the full statement of Cuac FM in Spanish below. AMARC Europe supported CUAC FM in their conflict with the regulatory authority and called for all parties to support human and free media rights.
Read More on CuacFM.org

AMARC in Latin America and the Caribbean issues Statement on the situation of Community Radios in Honduras

La World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters in Latin America and the Caribbean (AMARC ALC) expresses its concerns about the situation of its associated Community Radio stations operating in the highly conflicted areas of the community of Guadalupe Carney, in the department of Colón in Honduras. Honduras is currently facing a wave of social protest as a reaction to the attempts to privatize the country’s health and education systems. Read the full statement in Spanish of AMARC ALC.

Read more on AMRACEurope.eu

Argentina: Community Media demand to ENACON the respect of the audio-visual law.

Several community media organizations in Argentina made an official request to the National Communications Agency (ENACOM )to be fully compliant with the Audiovisual Communication Services Law and pay the funds due for the promotion of community media. Specifically, community radio and TV stations expressed their concerns about the accumulation of debts of the legally established budget for the defense and promotion of community media, as established by Law 26,522. “In addition to non-compliance with the law, this means an economic suffocation that affects sustainability and generates job.

Read More on Observacom.org

340 Hours Emergency broadcasting on Cyclone “FANI” through 13 Community Radio Stations in Bangladesh

13 Community Radio stations continuously broadcasted radio programs on emergency situation caused by “FANI”. Along the coastal belt, Community Radios situated at the North and South Western Bangladesh have initiated emergency broadcasting, as the extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI had hit the North Western Bangladesh with heavy wind speed and rainfall. Around 100 youth and youth women are working with Community Radio as Broadcasters.

Read More on BNNRC.net

Radio Art Residency – An International Fellowship Program for Radio Art

La Radio Arte residencia invites artists from non-German speaking countries two times a year for a period of three months to reside in the non-commercial community radio Radio CORAX in Halle (Saale), Germany. After hosting the international radio art festival Revuelta de radio en 2016, y estando dedicada a la red de la técnica de radio radio since its beginning, Radio CORAX intended to create a continuous space for radio art on another level.

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SAVE THE DATE: Zukunftswerkstatt Community Media 7-10 Nov 2019 in Rostock

From 7-10 November 2019 the BFR – Bundesverband Freier Radiosin Germany organises their annual congress, the „Zukunftwerkstatt Community Media / #ZWCM2019 in Rostock, Friedrichstraße 23 atRadio LOHROfrom 7 until 10 November 2019. More info and the documentations of the previous editons is available aquí

Deadline for Submission for 12th OURMedia Conference and 20th Anniversary IndyMedia on 15 June 2019

The Université libre de Bruxelles invites submissions for abstracts for papers and panels for the 12th OURMedia Conference to be held 26-30 November in Brussels, Belgium. The conference will be held under the general theme ‘Mediactivism – Scholactivism’. We encourage the submission of papers that focus on the (real or imagined) gap between academia and society, exploring how academic scholarship could be useful for (alternative) media (activists) and the myriad ways in which media scholars can be committed to equality, social justice and progressive social change. The general theme ‘Mediactivism – Scholactivism’ refers to how both media practitioners and media scholars, rather than being impartial or partisan, can be ‘committed’ by actively and openly campaigning for particular ideals. As the conference will coincide with the 20th anniversary of Indymedia, we encourage the submission of papers specifically focusing on analysing its legacy, achievements, shortcomings and influence on contemporary (online) media activism. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 15 June 2019. For more information see the conference website aquí

Rest and Refuge Scholarship ofReporters Without Borders Germany and taz Panter Foundation

Rest and Refuge Scholarship is a project run by Reporters Without Borders Germany and taz Panter Foundation, a non-profit organization linked to „die tageszeitung“ (taz), a daily newspaper from Berlin. Both the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) support the scholarship financially. More info aquí

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Coordination: Alexander duque
Editorial team: Francesco Diasio, Alexander Vojvoda
Articles: Francesco Diasio, Michael Nicolai, Josef Seethaler, Alexander Vojvoda

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AMARC Europe Newsletter 05/2019

Dear AMARC Europe members,
Dear colleagues and friends,

The team of AMARC Europe takes the opportunity of the World Press Freedom Day to bring you some updates from our office and current activities.

Firstly, AMARC Europe welcomes Mariacristina Sciannamblo and Alexander Vojvoda to the team of AMARC Europe. Within the framework of the Grassroots project Mariacristina will be responsible for communication and research and collaborate closely with Francesco Diasio (AMARC Europe Grassroots project manager). Alexander as AMARC Europe project coordinator will be in charge of AMARC Europe projects and will also be the main contact point for members, internal/external communication, current and future activities.

Welcome to the team of AMARC Europe!

Secondly, we want to thank Damian Loreti for his reflections on this year’s topic of the World Press Freedom Day. Loreti emphasizes in his text the important role of community media as tangible and locally embedded source of information. Especially, in the current context of disinformation, construction of misleading and growing technical possibilities of manipulation of information that “being close to our audiences puts us [community media] in a privileged place to be those who – as always – have to contribute to the right to communication and, above all, to have accurate information."

Best wishes and enjoy the read of the new AMARC Europe newsletter

Michael Nicolai
AMARC Europe President

SPECIAL ISSUE
World Press Freedom Day 2019

UNESCO World Press Freedom Day 2019

“Medios para la Democracia: Periodismo y Elecciones en tiempos de desinformación”

The Role of Community Media in Times of Post-Truth

by Damian Loreti (Board AMARC International)

AMARC Europa invitó Damian Loreti (Consejo Internacional de AMARC) para reflexionar sobre este año de Prensa UNESCO Libertad Día topic“Medios para la Democracia: Periodismo y Elecciones en tiempos de desinformación” and the role of Community Media in this context.
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AMARC Europe Projects and Activities

Grassroots Project: New Community Radios on Air

La Grassroot Radio project is piloting solutions for community information platforms and media pluralism, working to lower the barriers to start and sustain a community radio station, create regional and European-wide networks of stations that can pool community-level resources, co-innovate collaborative media services and increase the impact of those stations through a combination of existing digital and nondigital technologies. With partners in Ireland, Romania and Portugal (Madeira), AMARC Europe is experimenting with new technologies based on a strong interaction between mobile telephony, traditional radio and Text to Speech (TTS) technologies, a través de la RootIo platform.
Read more on AMARCEurope.eu

AMARC Europe partner in ethical and responsible journalism project

The proliferation of mass media and new technologies has brought about decisive changes in and challenges to human communication processes and behaviour. The change in the media landscape has also impacted the role and social, professional and ethical responsibilities of journalists. These changes in the role that media plays in the life of citizens has highlighted the importance of responsible media reporting. During the 2-year Erasmus+ project The ethical media for active citizenship (EMAC) project AMARC Europe explores the role of community media in the sphere of ethical and responsible journalism.
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AMARC Europe partner in Training of Trainer project

LaSMART online tool developed 2015 addresses community radio trainers and offers selected and validated training exercises and methods even to specific target groups to create radio trainings.
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Jordan: AMARC supports civil society

In the frame of the EU project “Empowering civil society through media” AMARC participated in the conference “Empowering civil society in Jordan through community media”, held in Amman the 18th and 19th of February, under the patronage of the Minister of State or Media Affairs.

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International Community Mediascape

Radio del estudiante cumple 50 años!

On 9 May 2019 the oldest community radio in Europe Radio Estudiantilin Ljubljana/Slovenia celebrates its 50th anniversary with concerts, workshops, movie screenings and discussions.
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Radio Revolten:Publication “30 Days of Radio Art”

In Oktober 2016 over 70 radio artists from 17 countries gathered in Halle/Germany for the Revuelta de radiofestival to present and explore contemporary radio art through performances, exhibitions, workshops, conferences and 24/7 radio productions. The Radio Revolten festival now published the documentation of the festival with the name“30 Days of Radio Art”. The publication “covers the presented artworks and daily events of Radio Revolten alongside contemporary thinking by radio activists and artists on the current and future use of their material and medium of choice.”

Read more on RadioRevolten.net

Bangladesh: NGOs Network for Radio and Communication received two UN WSIS Champion Prizes 2019.

Two Initiatives of Bangladesh ONG Red de Radio y Comunicación (BNNRC) were recognized as Champions at the UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) Prizes 2019. Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Chairperson of Board of Trustees of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) and the Executive Director of COAST Trust & AHM Bazlur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of BNNRC, have received the two UN WSIS champion certificate from Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Tuesday 9 April 2019 at a ceremony at Geneva International Conference Centre, Switzerland as part of the annual UN WSIS Forum 2019.

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Ecuador: Community Media demand access to frequencies

Representatives of Ecuadorian community media sector denounced the concentration of commercial media and demanded access to frequencies in order to exercise their right to communicate within the framework of the 5th National Community Communication Conference, which took place in Quito, Ecuador from 4 to 6 of April 2019.

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Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019

On 13 May 2019 AMARC will attend a high level event on the question “How can world broadcasters and media contribute to reducing disaster risk, saving lives and fulfilling their mandate to further the public good?” The discussion forum will be hosted by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction(UNISDR) at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction2019 which will take place from 13-17 May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

International Seminar on Community Media

On 3 May 2019 from 12.30 – 18.00 the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at the Charles University in Prague is organising an “International Seminar on Community Media” with contributions on

  • Community Media Organisations as Protectors of Democracy (Nico Carpentier)
  • Community Media as Spaces for Lifelong Learning (Helmut Peissl)
  • Community Media and Conflict Transformation: Reflections from Cyprus (Vaia Doudaki)
  • Failure Teaches Success (Jan Křeček)
  • The Future of Community Media in Slovak Republic (Lucia Škripcová)
  • Community Media in the Digital Age – Uniquely Positioned for Success or Failure (Henry Loeser)
The Festival der Region 2019: Open Call Journalist Residency
The “Festival der Regionen” invites international cultural and social journalists, art writers and critics from all types of media to apply for a journalist in residency positions at this year’s festival. Deadline 5 May 2019. You find the complete call on the “Festival der Regionen” sitio web
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Coordination: Alexander duque
Editorial team: Francesco Diasio, Michael Nicolai, Alexander Vojvoda
Articles: Francesco Diasio, Sally Galiana, Damian Loreti, Michael Nicolai, Alexander Vojvoda

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