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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… read more

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Documentation 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 on 11 December 2019. \”The lecture first discussed the nature of community media, using the four approaches model (see Carpentier, Lie & Servaes, 2003; Carpentier, 2017) to community media as starting… read more

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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… read more

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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… read more

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AMARC Europe part of SoundRoutes Project

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… read more

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Budpaest based Community Radio Civil Radio takes Media Council’s decision to court

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… read more

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Feminist Radio Day 2019

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… read more

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Grassroots Radio at the Ethnographies of Collaborative Economi(es) Conference

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 –… read more

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CIVIL RADIO WON’T STAY SILENT!

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… read more

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AMARC takes part in SMART co-ordination meeting in Aarau (CH)

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… read more

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International Feminist Radioday 2019

Today is International Feminist Radioday! The International Feminist Radioday today will feature over 24 hours of feminist content from over 12 editorial teams in 3 german-speaking countries. The  broadcasts will include content against the patriarchy with feminist music, interviews, stories, features, shows and discussions. Why do we need a feminist radioday? According to a study by the ZHAW less than 39% of the… read more

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AMARC Europe hosts EMAC meeting

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… read more

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Bavarian Community Radio Association founded – Community Media are organising

End of August the bavarian Community Radios formed the Verband Community Media Bayern (VCMB ) to better represent the concept of Community Media in public. For this representatives of Radio Z from Nuremberg, LORA from Munich and Radio Free FM of Ulm and Neu Ulm, all organized in the Bundesverband Freier Radios (BFR), met at LORA in Munich. These… read more

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AMARC at the ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019

AMARC joined the 6th Conference of the Radio Research Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), which was held in the lovely setting of the University of Siena (Italy), on September 19-21. Several interesting keynote speeches and pieces of research have been presented, highlighting the variety and vivacity of the radio sector across and beyond Europe. The first keynote… read more

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GRASSROOTS RADIO THIRD GENERAL ASSEMBLY: IT’S A WRAP!

On Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of September 2019, the Grassroots Radio consortium celebrated the third general assembly of the project, hosted in the friendly building of 11.11.11. – the coalition of NGOs, unions, movements and various solidarity groups in Flanders (Dutch speaking Northern part of Belgium) – in Brussels. The meeting has seen participation of all the members of the… read more

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The AMARC Community Radio Charter for Europe

Recognising that community radio is an ideal means of fostering freedom of expression and information, the development of culture, the freedom of form and confront opinions and active participation in local life; noting that different cultures and traditions lead to diversity of forms of community radio; this Charter identifies objectives which community radio stations share and should strive… read more

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SMART Pilot Training in Budapest

From 4 – 7 June 2019 the team around the SMART Erasmus+ project held its first training of trainer pilot training in Budapest, Hungary. The training workshop hosted 10 participants from Hungary, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and the Bask country to test and assess the developed training and gain important feedback on the next steps… read more

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AMARC Argentina: “Without Community Media there is not democracy”

AMARC Argentina members meeting in Bahía Blanca AMARC Argentina members gathered in the middle of June to share knowledge, practices and realities, and participate in intense debates in around the right to communication and current Argentina. The meeting ended on Monday, June 17, 2019  in Bahía Blanca, where FM De la Calle is located, a station that is about to celebrate its… read more

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

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is a biennial multi-stakeholder forum established by the UN General Assembly to review progress, share knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in reducing disaster risk. 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… read more

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AMARC Europe statement on Increase of the Private Broadcasting Fund in Austria

AMARC Europe reacted to the amendment of the Austrian private broadcasting fund with a statement. Read the full statement in English below or download the statement in English or German To Austrian Federal Ministry European Union, Art, Culture and Media Ballhausplatz 2 1010 Vienna Austria Brussels, 23rd May 2019 Increase of the Private Broadcasting Fund and Amendment of the KommAustria Act of 6 May 2019 Dear Mr Blümel, Dear Federal Government… read more

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More money for Austrian private broadcasters. However, why only for commercial broadcasters?

In 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 invited Josef Seethaler to discuss the impact of these changes on the Austrian Community… read more

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Radio Art Residency – an international fellowship program for radio art

In 2018, Radio CORAX and the Goethe-Institut have launched an international fellowship program for radio art. Being the first artist residence program of its kind throughout Europe, the Radio Art Residency invites artists from non-German speaking countries two times a year for a period of three months to reside in the non-commercial local Radio CORAX in Halle (Saale), Germany…. read more

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Ethical and Responsible journalism: the EMAC 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 the media plays in the life of citizens have highlighted the importance… read more

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Radio Študent celebrates 50 Years!

Radio Študent is a non-profit, urban community radio station, established by the Student Organisation of the University of Ljubljana on the 9th of May in 1969, as a direct result of the student movements in the 60s. As such, it is one of the oldest and strongest community radio stations in Europe, with over 200 regular student and non-student… read more

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Grassroot project “We are on air”

The 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…. read more

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The role of Community Media in times of post-truth

AMARC Europe invited Damian Loreti (Board AMARC International) to reflect on this year\’s UNESCO Press Freedom Day topic: “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation” In 2016 the Oxford Dictionary chose the term \”post-truth\” as the word of the year, in a context in which the incessant circulation of information mediated by social networks today has… read more

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Jordan: Empowering civil society through media

In the frame of the EU project ““Empowering civil society through media”, in which AMARC Europe is partner together with Community Media Network (Jordan), Community Media Solutions (UK) and Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI), the Secretary General of AMARC, Francesco Diasio, participated to the conference “Empowering civil society in Jordan through community media”, held in Amman the 18th and… read more

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SMART Trainers project provides train the trainers to use the online tool of SMART

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… read more

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The Ethical Media for active Citizenship (EMAC) project: Ethical and Responsible journalism

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. Media communicators… read more

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AMARC Europe attends Workshop on Digital Social Innovation

Bruxelles 26 April: Digital Social Innovation (DSI4EU) and Nesta Foundation organised a high level workshop with the topic “The road ahead for digital social innovation: How can the EU support tech as a force for empowerment and social impact?\” AMARC Europe attended this workshop as partner of the Grassroots Wavelength project.

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RADIOS AGAINST RACISM, nationalist populism and supremacist ideology

On this March 21, UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, AMARC, and its radio members across Africa, Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the MENA region, will raise their volume against racism and discrimination. We are living in a World where increasing nationalist populism and supremacist ideology… read more

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18-22 March: European Media literacy week

The European Media Literacy Week is a new initiative by the European Commission to underline the societal importance of media literacy and promote media literacy initiatives and projects across the EU. From 18 to 22 March 2019, various events around the topic of media literacy will take place in Brussels and in Member States. … read more

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Community Radio and international women’s day

Community radio stations must incorporate the gender perspective in their organisational structures and content, as indicated in paragraph \”J\” of the Beijing Platform for Action

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community broadcaster Samir Flores Soberanes killed in Mexico

AMARC Europe joins the dismay and outrage of AMARC Mexico, the Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land and Water of Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala (FPDTA), the comrades and companions of the Community Radio of Almicingo, Mor., and the relatives and loved ones of SAMIR FLORES SOBERANES, outstanding leader of the FPDTA, founder and Director of Community… read more

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council of Europe supports funding for Community Media to guaranty quality journalism in the digital age

In a Declaration adopted by the Council of Europe\’ s Committee of Ministers encourages states to put in place a regulatory and policy framework that facilitates the operation of quality journalism, while not constraining media outlets’ editorial and operational independence. Recommended measures include a beneficial tax regime, financial support schemes and the possibility… read more

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World Radio Day 2019. Dialogue, Tolerance & Peace

On the occasion, the World Radio Day (WRD), the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) joins all its colleagues and partners in the Radio world, reaffirming the crucial role of the community broadcasting sector. Freedom of communication and expression are always critical in many Regions of the World. While engaging for dialogue, tolerance and peace, community radios are still and too often endangered by the… read more

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Council of Europe recognise Community media with new leaflet and microsite

 The Council of Europe recognises the value of community media as a source of local content, cultural and linguistic diversity, media pluralism, social inclusion and intercultural dialogue. It endorses the commitment of community media to media and information literacy, through the development of critical and creative thinking and active participation in media content production. You can now… read more

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the kidnapping and murder of rafael Murúa

AMARC Europe wants to join the voice and support of Community Media in Europe to our colleagues in Mexico, that this week mourn the death of the community radio activist Rafael Murúa Manriquez. Below, we reproduce the press release issued by AMARC Mexico and Article 19 in Mexico. Mexico City, January 21, 2019.- Community journalist Rafael Murúa… read more

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Ministry of Communications cancels the operation of community radio stations throughout Brazil

Just days before the arrival of extreme right wing Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency of Brazil, outgoing Brazilian President Michel Temer, suspended the licenses for about 130 community radios across the South American country on the last day of his government. The decision was published on 31 December 2018, without time for a public debate on the matter. The… read more

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Respublika! – Experiments in the Performance of Participation and Democracy

The catalogue for \”Respublika! – Experiments in the Performance of Participation and Democracy\” (2019), edited by Nico Carpentier and published by NeMe, reports on the Respublika! project, initiated and curated by Nico Carpentier and co-organised with NeMe and CCMC. The catalogue highlights the 18 Respublika! art projects, through project narratives, artist interviews and more than 200 photographs and can be accessed… read more

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Voices Against the G20 in Argentina

Buenos Aires, November 27, 2018The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC- Argentina, with the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, joined the Collaborative Coverage of the People\’s Summit convened by the Confluencia Fuera G20 FMI, in coordination with other networks such as the National Network of Alternative Media and popular communicators from a wide social spectrum. Sally… read more

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BFR challenges the regulator’s decision for berlin frequency

The German Federal Association of Free Radios (BFR) has expressed their disappointment at the decision of the Media Council of the Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg granting broadcasting licenses for non-commercial radio operations on the 88.4 MHz VHF frequencies in Berlin and 90.7 MHz in Potsdam in a way that the members of BFR feel gives preference to… read more

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Romania: first licenses for community radios

Technological changes, high connectivity, and participation all fits in a bucket

For the first time in Romania, two community radio station licenses have been issued in the framework of the  European project Grassroot Wavelengths. The new high-tech FM stations will broadcast in, engage with, and serve two remote villages of Romania.

The Grassroot Wavelengths consortium innovates both the technologies and the… read more