World Press Freedom Conference (WPFC) will take place on 9 and 10 December 2020 in a new, innovative format, merging digital and in-person elements. This WPFC will jointly celebrate World Press Freedom Day (3 May) and the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (2 November). The conference, co-hosted by UNESCO and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was originally planned for 22 to 24 April 2020. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WPFC was later postponed to October 2020 but had to be rescheduled once more.

The dialogues will bring together participants worldwide for a global reflection on the intersection of the multiple COVID-19 crises with press freedom and safety of journalists. The discussions will highlight the positive contributions of free, independent and safe journalism to navigating the crisis, as well as take stock of negative impacts for the future of media.

Global digital conference

This year’s conference aims to digitally bring together the professional community of journalists, media companies, human rights defenders, members of the judiciary (including judges, lawyers and prosecutors) policymakers and NGOs, and to connect them to a large global audience that can actively participate online.

WPFC 2020 will be a highly interactive and participatory conference, merging digital and in-person elements. With livestreamed interactive sessions, keynote speeches and performances, people all over the world will be able to participate at times most convenient for them. Sessions will be broadcast from the World Forum in The Hague and multiple other locations around the world.

Meeting and networking

WPFC 2020 will seek to ensure the highest quality and variety in sessions, ranging from debates and live talk shows to presentations and interactive panel discussions. Participants will interact and discuss the latest issues in live sessions and connect through video chats and other virtual meeting points. On top of this, participants will also be able to explore a wide range of other content, including online exhibitions, film viewings and videos.

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Soundroutes project: A special radio and web streaming marathon with refugee artists from four different countries in Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent anti-racism protests have shown us how desperately we need to fight for a more inclusive and equal world: a world where no one is left behind. It has never been clearer that all of us have a role to play in order to bring about change. Everyone can make a difference. According to the latest UN statistics, every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror.

Soundroutes is a project, financed by the Creative Europe program,  aimed at supporting refugees and migrants musicians in Europe promoted by Marmaduke (ES), De Koer (B), AMARC Europe (B), Chios Music Festival (H), Bologna Jazz Festival (IT) . After a period of forced break due to the pandemic, Soundroutes project will start again its activities the 20th of June,  World Refugees Day, with a 7 hours Radio and and live streaming marathon with artists performing from  Italy, Spain, Belgium and Greece.During the day messages from Ceuta and Lesbos refugee camps will be shared.

We celebrate this day dedicating this event to all the people on the move, to all the solidarity workers and activists, to the people in the street reclaiming a world free of racism. We also want to show, with this event,  our deepest solidarity with all the artists and cultural operators that in this challenging moment keep building bridges with culture.

The European chapter of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, AMARC, will promote the event among its radio members worldwide in order to raise the volume against discriminations.

The radio and web streaming marathon will start at 15h30 Central European Time. Among the performers, Osama Abdulrasol and François Taillefer (from Belgium), Reda Zine/Danilo Mineo(from Italy), One Pac & Fellows (from Spain), the Soundroutes Band in Belgium, Naser Haj Walo (from Italy) and Who Dat (from Belgium)

The full program schedule is available on Soundroutes website https://soundroutes.eu

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For more informations: Caterina Amicucci, project manager caterina@marmaduke.info

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soundroutes

This is to invite you to participate in the first of the Global Dialogues on Community Media in the Post-Pandemic World on June 16 at 5.30 pm IST, with focus on the Struggles in South Asia. This 90-minute dialogue will take the form of a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Kanchan K. Malik (Professor & Faculty Fellow, UNESCO Chair on Community Media), with the following as panellists:

  • AHM Bazlur Rahman, BNNRC, Bangladesh
  • Subas Kathiwada, ACORAB, Nepal
  • N.A. Shah Ansari, CRA, India
  • Suman Basnet, AMARC Asia-Pacific

This deliberation is the first of a series of online Global Dialogues that the UNESCO Chair on Community Media is organizing, in partnership with UNESCO Regional Office in New Delhi, with practitioners, community radio advocates, network representatives, and academics from South Asia, South and Latin America, Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom, North America, and continental Europe. Some of the key issues on which panelists will deliberate include:

  • What roles can community media play in crisis situations, such as the current pandemic?
  • What are the possibilities and constraints for community media in the post-pandemic world?
  • What is the continued relevance of community media in the age of digitization and digital media?
  • What are the experiences of movements and networks in negotiating with governments on opening up third-sector media?
  • Does the state of civil society across the world give rise to optimism about the future of community media?
  • Is there a need for reform/transformation within the community media sector to adapt itself to the post-pandemic world?

All the dialogues will be on Zoom and will be broadcast live on the Chair’s Facebook page. For those who miss the discussion live, a recording will be made available later. Here is the information to join the dialogue:

Zoom Meeting ID: 969 1936 6675 Password: chair@01

Zoom Link – https://zoom.us/j/96919366675?pwd=U3RKd0VxeDE4R1ZjQVlVN2E2SDJrQT09

Facebook – https://fb.me/UNESCOChairOnCommunityMedia/

AMARC has received the information that on Sunday 10th May 2020 a group of masked persons have violently forced their way into the premises of Radio d’Ici, the local community radio station and long-term AMARC member, in Saint-Julien-Molin-Molette, Department Loire, France. During the attack the studio was vandalised, and fascist and white supremacist symbols were painted on the walls and sound, recording and studio equipment have been destroyed by the attackers. 

Radio d’Ici was founded 1996 and operates three frequencies with a total technical reach of 50,000 persons and facilitates the productions of over forty volunteers. Fortunately, no radio staff has been harmed during the attack. However, the FM live broadcast via studio has been suspended due to the incurred damages, but the operations and production will continue via internet and podcasts. French Community Radio pioneer and chair of Radio d’Ici Patrice Berger states “This attack is inexplicable, but it was obviously targeted. We will continue our information and cultural work. In this difficult time, it is a work of contact, support and friendship between people. We will bounce back very quickly. “

Here you can find the audio statement “Neo-Nazi aggression against a french community radio : interview in English with Patrice Berger, president of Radio d’Ici by Denise Barstow (Fréquence-Sillé)”

Radio libre française victime d’une agression néo-nazie: entretien en anglais avec Patrice Berger, président de Radio d’Ici par Denise Barstow de Fréquence-Sillé
Neo-Nazi aggression against a french community radio : interview in English with Patrice Berger, president of Radio d’Ici by Denise Barstow (Fréquence-Sillé)

Déclaration audio de Radio d’Ici sur l’attentat du 10 mai 2020

L’AMARC a été informée que dimanche 10 mai 2020, un groupe de personnes masquées s’est violemment introduit dans les locaux de Radio d’Ici, la radio associative locale et membre de longue date de l’AMARC, à Saint-Julien-Molin-Molette, Département de la Loire, France. Pendant l’attaque, le studio a été vandalisé, et des symboles fascistes et suprémacistes blancs ont été peints sur les murs, le matériel d’enregistrement et le studio ont été détruits par les attaquants.

Radio d’Ici a été fondée en 1996 et exploite trois fréquences avec un bassin d’écoute de 50 000 personnes et facilite les productions de plus de quarante bénévoles. Heureusement, aucun membre du personnel de la radio n’a été blessé pendant l’attaque. Cependant, la diffusion FM en direct via le studio a été suspendue en raison des dommages, alors que les opérations et la production se poursuivront via Internet et des podcasts. Le pionnier de la radio communautaire française et président de Radio d’Ici Patrice Berger déclare: «Cette attaque est inexplicable, mais elle était visiblement ciblée. Nous poursuivrons notre travail d’information et de culture. En ces temps difficiles, c’est un travail de contact, de soutien et d’amitié entre les gens. Nous rebondirons très rapidement. “

Vous trouverez ici la déclaration audio”Radio associative française victime d’une agression néo-nazie : entretien avec Patrice Berger, président de Radio d’Ici, par Eric Lucas, délégué national au SNRL”

Radio associative française victime d’une agression néo-nazie : entretien avec Patrice Berger, président de Radio d’Ici, par Eric Lucas, délégué national au SNRL
Neo-Nazi aggression against a french community radio: interview in French with Patrice Berger, president of Radio d’Ici, by Eric Lucas  (SNRL: Syndicat National des Radios Libres)

AMARC has received the information that on Sunday 10th May 2020 a group of masked persons have violently forced their way into the premises of Radio d’Ici, the local community radio station and long-term AMARC member, in Saint-Julien-Molin-Molette, Department Loire, France. During the attack the studio was vandalised, and fascist and white supremacist symbols were painted on the walls and sound, recording and studio equipment have been destroyed by the attackers. 

Radio d’Ici was founded 1996 and operates three frequencies with a total technical reach of 50,000 persons and facilitates the productions of over forty volunteers. Fortunately, no radio staff has been harmed during the attack. However, the FM live broadcast via studio has been suspended due to the incurred damages, but the operations and production will continue via internet and podcasts. French Community Radio pioneer and chair of Radio d’Ici Patrice Berger states “This attack is inexplicable, but it was obviously targeted. We will continue our information and cultural work. In this difficult time, it is a work of contact, support and friendship between people. We will bounce back very quickly. “

AMARC strongly condemn the attack against its member as an attack directed against press freedom, freedom of expression, media pluralism and the whole community media movement as a platform of critical and underrepresented voices in Europe and worldwide.

In France Community Radios are key actors in the context of social cohesion, contribute to the strengthening of democratic structures and media diversity, are diverse and locally embedded sources of information, provide low-threshold access for marginalised groups and offer a platform for the acquisition of critical media information and literacy skills. 

We demand a full investigation of the incident and the government’s support to ensure the re-opening of the community radio for broadcasting and provide access for staff, volunteers and the local population the airwaves.

In solidarity with our members in France, Europe and around the world!

Other statements and sources

Radio d’Ici Statement here
SNRL – Syndicat National des Radios Libres statement here

Contact for further inquiries 
contact@amarceurope.eu

[en français] L’AMARC condamne l’attaque fasciste contre un de nos membre en France

L’AMARC a été informée que dimanche 10 mai 2020, un groupe de personnes masquées s’est violemment introduit dans les locaux de Radio d’Ici, la radio associative locale et membre de longue date de l’AMARC, à Saint-Julien-Molin-Molette, Département de la Loire, France. Pendant l’attaque, le studio a été vandalisé, et des symboles fascistes et suprémacistes blancs ont été peints sur les murs, le matériel d’enregistrement et le studio ont été détruits par les attaquants.

Radio d’Ici a été fondée en 1996 et exploite trois fréquences avec un bassin d’écoute de 50 000 personnes et facilite les productions de plus de quarante bénévoles. Heureusement, aucun membre du personnel de la radio n’a été blessé pendant l’attaque. Cependant, la diffusion FM en direct via le studio a été suspendue en raison des dommages, alors que les opérations et la production se poursuivront via Internet et des podcasts. Le pionnier de la radio communautaire française et président de Radio d’Ici Patrice Berger déclare: «Cette attaque est inexplicable, mais elle était visiblement ciblée. Nous poursuivrons notre travail d’information et de culture. En ces temps difficiles, c’est un travail de contact, de soutien et d’amitié entre les gens. Nous rebondirons très rapidement. “

L’AMARC condamne fermement l’attaque contre son membre comme une attaque dirigée contre la liberté de la presse, la liberté d’expression, le pluralisme des médias et l’ensemble du mouvement des médias communautaires en tant que plateforme de voix critiques et sous-représentées en Europe et dans le monde.

En France, les radios associatives sont des acteurs clés dans le contexte de la cohésion sociale, contribuent au renforcement des structures démocratiques, sont des sources d’information diverses et intégrées localement, offrent un accès aux groupes marginalisés, représentent la diversité des médias et offrent une plate-forme pour l’acquisition d’ informations critiques sur les médias et compétences en éducation aux médias et à l’information.

Nous demandons une enquête complète sur l’incident et le soutien du gouvernement pour assurer la réouverture de la radio communautaire, garantir sa diffusion et fournir un accès au personnel, aux bénévoles et à la population locale.

En solidarité avec nos membres en France, en Europe et dans le monde!

Autres déclarations et sources

Déclaration de Radio d’Ici ici
SNRL – Déclaration du Syndicat National des Radios Libres ici

Contact pour toute information complémentaire contact@amarceurope.eu