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Ministro de Gobierno de Bolivia llamó a clausurar medios comunitarios por su línea editorial

Arturo Murillo, ministro de Gobierno de Bolivia, dijo que los medios comunitarios deberían clausurarse. Acusó a Evo Morales de haber incitado, a través del medio comunitario Radio Kausachun Coca (RKC), a la destrucción de antenas de telecomunicaciones en Santa Cruz, fomentando actitudes de violencia y terrorismo. “La vía que utilizan para esto son los comunicados mediante Kawsachun Coca, por las radios… read more

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UNESCO y gobierno de México suman esfuerzos para desarrollar políticas públicas para fortalecer a radios comunitarias e indígenas

El gobierno de México y la oficina local de UNESCO crearon un Equipo Consultivo Nacional para desarrollar una política de fortalecimiento para radios comunitarias e indígenas en el país. El proyecto se centrará en los aspectos legales (para favorecer la constitución de este tipo de radios pero también crear nuevos marcos normativos), económicos (sustentabilidad de las emisoras), y producción de contenidos para favorecer… read more

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Grassroots Project: Happy birthday, Radio Civic!

We are very happy and proud to celebrate one year of life of Radio Civic, the community radio born in Romania thanks to the energies generated by the Grassroots Radio project. It’s been a year since the first shows, rhythms, news were broadcast on the radio: “I’m Mira, from Radio Civic and I’m presenting the interview with .…” “I’m Jean Trofimov, from Civic Radio… read more

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Medios comunitarios exigen ampliación de plazos para participar del concurso de frecuencias de radio en Ecuador

La Coalición de Medios Comunitarios y la Fundación El Churo Comunicación, junto a organizaciones de sociedad civil y derechos humanos de Ecuador, demandan la extensión de plazos para poder participar del llamado a concurso para el acceso a frecuencias de radio en todo el país. “Solicitamos extender el plazo de presentación de la documentación para medios comunitarios al menos un mes… read more

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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… read more

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Grassroots Radio on Coronavirus — Report from Romania

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… read more

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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 fulfil 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… read more

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One step closer to justice

In November 2019 Foundation for Civil Radio filed a lawsuit against a decision by the Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority that from  December 21, 2019 Civil Radio had to stop its broadcasting on the air.  We knew that this legal action would not necessarily lead to a return of the frequency  we used for 25 years – since… read more

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Registration for Radiocamp 2020 is open! [EN/FR/GER]

[English] THE RADIOCAMP IS AN INITIATIVE FROM THE FREE RADIO FROM THE GERMANSPEAKING COUNTRIES Beside all kinds of workshops, the focus lies on the networking. At the Radiocamp you can meet radio enthusiasts of all ages and coming from all kinds of radios. You can learn about how others do it, make contacts and start cooperations. Free Radios are a place… read more

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International Women’s Day 2020: I am Generation Equality – Realizing Women’s Rights

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… read more

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Member Survey AMARC Europe: Digitalisation and Community Media in English/French/Spanish/German

[ENGLISH] Member Survey AMARC Europe: 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… read more

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World Radio Day 2020: We are DIVERSITY

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… read more

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Article “The smartphone generation of community radio listeners: Is FM sustainable?”

A new article on the usage of smartphones amongst community radio listeners was published in the Journal of Alternative and Community Media Vol4/4 (2019) by Janey Gordon with the title \”The smartphone generation of community radio listeners: Is FM sustainable?\” Abstract of the article \”This article examines the current environment of audio transmission services in the UK with particular regard to… read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CoE: Community Media, “a counterbalance to increased media concentration”

The Committee of Ministers at the Council of Europe adopted on 7th of March  the Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)1[1] of the Committee of Ministers to member States on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership

After the Declaration on the role of community media in promoting social cohesion and intercultural dialogue which was adopted in 2009, this is the first recommendation referring to… read more

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Spaces of Inclusion – refugees and migrants, and media

The Council of Europe publication entitled “Spaces of Inclusion – An explorative study on needs of refugees and migrants in the domain of media communication and on responses by community media” has been prepared by experts of the COMMIT Community Media Institute in Austria. It was presented by COMMIT at the final “Media against Hate” workshop in Brussels on… read more

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Conference on Migration and Media Awareness 2017

The official Conference on Migration and Media Awareness 2017 video and photos are now available, together with other documentation on their website. 
The Conference on Migration and Media Awareness 2017 was the first ever dialogue of Media Practitioners, Policy Makers, Activists and Newcomers (Refugees/Migrants).
The CMMA 2017 is a two-day conference jointly organized by Refugee Radio Awareness Network, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Radio e.V and… read more

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AMARC Europe supports CUAC FM in it’s struggle to keep right to communicate

AMARC Europe fully supports CUAC FM in their conflict with the regulatory authority and calls for all parties to support human and free media rights.



With this declaration we aim to defend the exercise of the freedom of speech through any means, specially the community media.

Community radios are non-profit, plural and independent spaces… read more

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Youth engagement in community media: A study of learning processes in community radio in Spain

Picture by Griselda Vilar

Isabel Lema Blanco, AMARC Europa, CUAC FM, Universidade da Coruña.

This article presents the results of the research project, «Youth and third sector communication in Spain»[i] conducted in 2014-2015 by fourteen researchers, members of the RICCAP research network[ii]. The project was granted by the Queen Sofia Centre for Adolescents and Young People.

The aim of… read more

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Geneva Framework on Gender and Media International Development Cooperation

On 7 and 8 December 2015 stakeholders including Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) members, UN organizations, high-level government representatives, regional and international development organizations, private sector, media organizations and civil society organizations gathered at Palais des Nations in Geneva to dialogue about the necessity of international development cooperation on gender and media.

This meeting was organized by UNESCO… read more

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South Asia Network for Community Media launched

The South Asia Network for Community Media (SANCOM) was formally launched on February 13, 2015 at the World Radio Day event in New Delhi, India, organized jointly by UNESCO and the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre in Asia (CEMCA).

Launching the virtual network of SANCOM (, Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, the Director and UNESCO Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka,… read more

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New audios of the campaign “On the road to Beijing +20”

You can find now the audios of February of the campaign \”On the road to Beijing +20\” at the International Secretariat\’s web of AMARC. This month three countries are the protagonists: Canada (\”Féminisme d\’hier, égalité d\’aujourd\’hui?\”), Tunisia (\”La voilà journaliste\”) and Indonesia (\”Stop domestic violence for a better future\”).

This campaign is part of the agreement of the World Association… read more

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Aswatona Conference on Community Media in the Arab World

Community Media Solutions – 26-28 February 2015, Rabat, Morocco

The fourth Aswatona conference on community media in the Arab world, will take place in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, 26-28 February 2015, under the theme \’All Our Voices\’, in partnership with \”Forum des Alternatives Maroc (FMAS)\”. The three day annual event will provide community broadcasters with an opportunity to network and advocate… read more

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The reference of community media in the German coalition contract could strengthen the position of community radio in Germany

May, 2014. In the federal system of Germany media law is in the hand of the state government and not of the federal government. The result of this regulation is that every state has its own media law and some have a regulation that allows community media but some don\’t. Under this aspect the declaration of the governing coalition… read more