UNESCO and radio stations mobilized to fight against COVID-19 To contribute to countering disinformation on COVID-19 and promoting healthy behaviours, UNESCO has produced a series of audio messages that can be freely used by radio stations from around the world. UNESCO is making these resources available to help stop the harm caused by the so called “info-demic” accompanying the virus…. read more
Freedom of expression, access to information – notably on public health -, and quality news coverage are essential to face the unprecedented crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More than ever, the world needs professional journalism and reliable information to adapt its response to the spread of COVID-19, organize itself, learn from other countries’ experiences and counter the increase of rumors and… read more
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
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
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
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
In January and February 2017, Michael Nicolai, President of AMARC Europe, together with radio-artist Ralf Wendt (Radio Corax), visited Indian community radios by invitation of UNESCO Chair on Community Media at the University of Hyderabad and met representatives of the Indian community radios at the UNESCO in New Delhi. While the community radio activists of India were interested in… read more
Paris, 10-11 December 2015
The new AMARC International Board met in Paris to initiate the process for strategic planning towards the implementation of the strategic plan voted by the General Assembly in Ghana in August 2014. The meeting took place in the UNESCO headquarters, in central Paris.
In attendance were Min Shahi (Nepal) Executive Vice President, Palmira Velasco (Mozambique) Treasurer,… read more
Montreal, March 6, 2015. The World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) is joining forces with UNESCO and the Global Alliance on Media and Gender for the Women Make the News 2015 initiative. Under the theme ‘’Yes we must! Reaching Gender Equality in the Media by 2030’’, this initiative aims to push forward the involvement of women in all spheres of… read more
World Radio Day was celebrated at Near FM with a special programme bringing together international voices from within the Irish community. (The programme is available here). The idea of the show was to celebrate radio around the world, to play different kinds of music and to talk about broadcasting in each country with a particular focus on community… read more
The year 2014 has been quite hectic for our team, with the Chair\’s involvement in research, policy advocacy, capacity building, and knowledge dissemination activities aimed to promote the cause of community media. What follows below are some of the highlights, not necessarily in chronological order.
In July 2014, the Chair organized, with the International Association of Media and Communication Research… read more
13 February is World Radio Day — a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, and free, independent and pluralistic media.
UNESCO prepares to celebrate the fourth edition of World Radio Day, to be held on February 13, 2015. The… read more
More than 120 community radio activists from 14 Arab countries gathered at the lowest spot on Earth to talk about the challenges of producing, broadcasting and sustaining community owned media, especially radio. A declaration, the Dead Sea Declaration, issued by the participants called for an \”enabling legal and administrative environment that supports and sustains the work of these radio… read more