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The legal situation of Spanish Community Media Sector

The Community Media Sector has been developed in Spain since the 80s. However, Community Media legal recognition occurred 20 years later, when the State approved the new Audiovisual Communication General Law 7/2010, of March 31, 2010 . Over six years have passed and no one community radio has been awarded with a broadcasting license. Despite the requests made by the… read more

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The Spanish Government threatens Radio Nava with a disproportionate fine

Radio Nava (Asturias, Spain) has started a campaign on the webpage to avoid the 30.000 Euros fine imposed by the Spanish Ministry of Industry. The radio station has been charged for using an unauthorized frequency (only 3 community and free radios in Spain have legal licenses to broadcast). Besides the legal actions that this community radio is preparing, the… read more

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New Flemish Legislation recognises Community Radio

On May 2014, the Flemish parliament adopted with a large majority of 70 against 29 a number of amendments to the media legislation. One of these creates a specific legal status for community radios. With this vote, Flanders implements a 2008 resolution of the European Parliament asking to support and recognise community media.
Radio Scorpio and Radio Centraal, Flander\’s last… read more

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Community media in Andalusia (Spain) will be acknowledged in the Civic Participation Law

April, 28th, 2014. After a meeting between policy makers and different community radio organizations, the new draft of the Andalusian Law on Civic Participation should include some references about the importance of community radio in democratic processes.
The Spanish Community Media Federation (ReMC) and the community radio Radiópolis (Sevilla) met with some politicians in charge of developing a new… 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