AMARC Europe Newsletter 01/2020

Dear AMARC Europe members, colleagues and friends,
Please accept the warmest greetings from the AMARC Europe team and we wish you a Happy New Year and hope you had a good start for 2020.
2019 has been a busy year, but also 2020 will have a lot of opportunities for us to continue our work for, with and by community radios in Europe and beyond.
We are entering the final phase of the Grassroots Wavelengths project and are currently planning learning and dissemination events for AMARC members to discuss the results and lessons learned from the creation of the community radios in Ireland, Romania and Portugal during the project. We continue our work with the SMART Erasmus+ project on media literacy in the Third Media Sector. Together with our partners from Ireland, Hungary, Basque country, Germany and Austria we will organize the next SMART pilot training for community media trainers in March in Vienna and an exchange forum on media literacy for the community media sector, partners and interested persons. As partners of the Soundroutes projects we are looking forward in 2020 to provide an opportunity for international musicians, who emigrated to Europe to perform within local communities and in collaboration with local artists and link the gained experience to the community media sectors.
Besides the current and new projects our team is engaged in, an important event for AMARC Europe is ahead of us: the AMARC Europe General Assembly 2020. The initial planning has started, and we are happy to have found with CRAOL (Ireland) a great partner for our up-coming General Assembly which will take place in autumn 2020 in Ireland. More info will follow soon.
Ahead of the GA 2020, we will continue to increase the efforts to showcase and highlight the work and impact AMARC Europe members and the whole community media sector in Europe has. Therefore, we have launched our new website with many new features for members including a member map, internal discussion fora and new exchange functionalities. In the near future you will hear more about this.
We are looking forward to a busy year with many chances to work together, exchange and eventually meet during the General Assembly in autumn 2020. The AMARC Europe team wishes you a great start for 2020.
Alexander Vojvoda
AMARC Europe
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AMARC Europe Projects and Activities

AMARC Europe launches new website

We are happy to announce the launch of the new AMARC Europe website and to introduce you to some of the new features on the website.

The main idea behind the relaunch of the website was to simplify and update the complete structure of the website and make it easier for you find the relevant content for you and access information from the website.

Project Overview

Therefore, we created a separate project section. In this section you can find summaries and relevant articles on the current and past AMARC Europe projects. In the detailed project view you find information on the project, project goals, partners, duration and the main project outcomes.

Member Map

The member section is mapping all members, organisations, individuals and partners AMARC Europe is collaborating with. In a next step the map will be the major search tool for diverse areas of expertise in the European community media sector as an elaborated search engine and a detailed listing and information tool will be implemented into the member map. If you want to be featured on the map get in touch with us via contact@amarceurope.eu or register via the membership form.

AMARC Europe member area

As registered AMARC Europe members you will be able to enter the member forum to exchange with other members and get  access to resources from various areas interesting for our sector. You will also be able to communicate directly with other members  and AMARC Europe staff via your and their profile, update your contact information and details and share your experiences from your media house with the AMARC Europe family. We are looking forward to your inputs and will help you to get started in the AMARC Europe member area.

In addition, we are at the moment setting up an individual and common AMARC Europe cloud for resources for, from and by the community media sector and a collaborative online tools e.g. common working spaces for documents and files. If you want to get to know more on the member area, please do not hesitate to get in touch via contact@amarceurope.eu

Featured Content from AMARC Europe members

Last but not least, we are looking forward to your content for the new AMARC Europe website and we hope that we will be able to share your stories and experiences from the European community media sector on the new AMARC Europe platform. So, if you are an AMARC Europe member get in touch if you want your articles, project reports, picture galleries, podcasts or programs to be featured on our website and our other communication channels.
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International Community Mediascape

Topic for World Radio Day 2020 announced

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 

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Nominations for UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2020

UNESCO is seeking nominations for UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2020.

This Prize was established by UNESCO’s Executive Board, in 1997, in honour of Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who died in the exercise of his profession. Its purpose is to reward each year a person, organization or institution that has made a notable contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially if risks have been involved. 

Awarded annually, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (3 May), the Prize is marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of US$25,000. In 2020, the Prize is scheduled to be awarded on 23 April.

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Nico Carpentier: Video of Lecture “The Alternative Economies of Community Media”

Nico Carpentier held a lecture with the title “The Alternative Economies of Community Media” at the E-Com Lab 2019 at the UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) in Barcelona. Carpentier focuses his lecture on four key concepts 1) community media give a service to the community 2) aspects of civil society come into play 3) community media work differently from traditional media and 4) community media are rhizomatically organised and are part of a broader civil society et al complex.

You can watch the complete lecture here
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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 court”
Civil Radio has never been one of the leading media. Rather, its importance and significance have been achieved by speaking about those who have been rarely broadcast by other media. We are producing programmes for and with those who have not been given the opportunity elsewhere. It is painful for us to see a poorer media space without our broadcast in the air.
Our voice stays, and we do not want to remain silent. We will not give up the possibility to broadcast at a frequency. After December 21, 2019, our programs will continue to be heard on the Internet. We do our best to preserve the uniqueness of our sound and develop the surfaces through which our listeners can surely reach us.
We will not reconcile ourselves to the decision of the Media Council. We file a lawsuit to prove in the court that, although the decision was lawfully made , it is still disproportionate and unfair. The first phase of the legal proceedings does not promise a quick outcome, withdrawal of the decision seems illusory. However, in a longer process, we will point out that the current biased media regulation makes our voice weak and prevents us from the practice of an objective approach. We will give evidence that a more balanced and fair media law can bring a freer country, more truthful information for the public.
Legal representation of Civil Radio is provided by The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ) with the professional cooperation of Mertek Media Monitor.
We trust that Civil Radio will have frequency, and in the meantime we will continue to broadcast with fresh content and new shows: www.civilradio.hu
We sincerely thank all those who help, support Civil Radio, who are with us, listen to us. Stay with us!
Civil Radio

On 21.10.2019 the Day of Feminist Radio took place for the second time in a row. Following the international radio conference Claim The Waves in Zurich, Switzerland 2018, this radio- and editorial-spanning day of action was jointly celebrated by 8 free radio stations in German-speaking countries. This year, already 16 radio stations have broadcast the Feministischer Radiotag in whole or in part. The 24h programme featured contributions from a total of 19 radios, projects and editorial offices.

This year, bermudafunk (Mannheim/Heidelberg, D), Radio blau (Leipzig, D), Radio Dreyeckland (Freiburg i.Br./D), Radio Helsinki (Graz, A), Radio LoRa (Zurich, CH), onda/npla, FREIRAD (Innsbruck, A), Radio Orange 94,0 (Vienna, A), Radio Corax (Halle, S..) took part in the Feminist Radio Day 2019, D), Radio T (Chemnitz, D), Free Radio Neumünster (D), Datscha Radio (Berlin, D), frrapó (Potsdam, D), Radio Slubfurt (Frankfurt/O.), Radio Z (Nuremberg, D), Radio LOHRO (Rostock, D), Wüste Welle (Tübingen/ Reutlingen, D), WINGS (North America.

Although there are historical precursor projects of this kind of networking and joint broadcasting, e.g. Interconneciones, unfortunately much knowledge has been lost over the years. This may be due not least to the frequent changes of participants typical for free community radios and alternative projects.

The next international conference Claim The Waves will take place from 9 to12 July 2020 in Vienna, Austria. The supporting programme will include a feminist radio programme for 100 hours, for which an Open Call will also be published at the beginning of 2020.

Anyone who knows more about the history of feminist radio days, has contacts, documentaries, etc. is cordially invited to share these with us in order to be able to continue such important networking projects in the best possible way and not let them sink into oblivion.

Interested parties can subscribe to the CTW information list, the contact details can be found on the website, as well as a more detailed documentation, which will be published in the next few days: http://claimthewaves.noblogs.org

Grassroots Radio has been presented at the Ethnographies of Collaborative Economi(es) Conference, which took place in Edinburgh (UK) on October 25, 2019. Mariacristina Sciannamblo (AMARC Europe) discussed the paper titled “Co-designing collaborative care work through ethnography”, co-authored with Roberto Cibin (M-ITI), Petra Žišt (M-ITI), Chris Csíkszentmíhalyi (M-ITI), and Maurizio Teli (Aalborg University). The paper addresses a number of issues – such as the importance of language for community engagement, the relationship between digital and physical environments, and commonality – as they emerge from a conversation between two H2020 CAPS projects, Grassroots Radio and Commonfare.

The conference was hosted in the fascinating setting of the College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, and has welcomed European researchers from many disciplines who are currently conducting ethnographic studies of practices, cultures, socio-technical systems and lived experiences of collaborative economies.

The event has been supported by the COST Action “From Sharing to Caring: Examining the Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy” (CA16121, 2017 – 2021), which is nurturing a network of actors (academic researchers, policy makers, practitioners) who are working to develop models of collaborative economy and platforms as well as to assess the social and technological implications of the collaborative economy through a practice-focused approach.

Conference proceedings are available at this link.

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 to the internet, but we will not give up the possibility to broadcast also in the air. After December 21, 2019, our programmes can be listened to solely online. We do our best to preserve the uniqueness of our sound and develop the media platforms, through which our listeners can surely reach us.Communique_Civil RadioDownload

Due to the resolution of the Media Council the last time Civil Radio will be heard on the frequency 98.0 MHz in Budapest is December 21, 2019. Their decision was made on the basis of minor malfunctions of the radio, without taking into consideration the spirit and values represented by our radio. This action in an already shrinking independent media space is particularly painful.”