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. À partir de 18 à 22 Mars 2019, various events around the topic of media literacy will take place in Brussels and in Membre États.

Community Media has always promoted Media Literacy in their local communities, among their listeners and staff and volunteers by offering training not only on journalistic and technical skills but also by providing a space for critical thinking and the means to create media content to citizens. In Community Media, Media Literacy is not a celebratory week but a daily event that is supported by the hard work of community broadcasters despise the lack of financial support by regulatory authorities in the majority of European States.

Le rôle des médias communautaires dans ce domaine a été reconnu non seulement base et universitaire level, mais aussi à institutionnel level. Dans 2008, le European Parliament Resolution of 25 Septembre 2008 sur les médias communautaires en Europe already pointed out:

6.  Considers that community media contribute to the goal of improving citizensmedia literacy through their direct involvement in the creation and distribution of content and encourages school-based community outlets to develop a civic attitude among the young, to increase media literacy, as well as to build up a set of skills that could be further used for community media participation

A year later, the role of Community Media in promoting Media Literacy among citizens was once more highlighted by the Council of Europe in the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the role of community media in promoting social cohesion and intercultural dialogue, adoptée le 11 Février 2009 .

Recognising the crucial contribution of community media in developing media literacy through the direct involvement of citizens in the process of creation and distribution of media content, as well as through the organisation of training programmes, issues that are particularly important in the digital environment;

Si, sur this week, let’s make some space to celebrate and renew community media longtime commitment to Media Literacy and critical thinking.

Dans une déclaration adoptée par le Conseil de l'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 of media outlets to operate as not-for-profit organisations and receive donations from philanthropic programmes.

Le la défense of the sustainability of community media is highlighted in point 12 de la Déclaration du Comité des Ministres sur la viabilité financière du journalisme de qualité à l'ère numérique

States’ support and commitment to providing a pluralist media ecosystem in accordance with their positive obligations under Article 10 of the Convention should take into account all sectors and types of media, bearing in mind their different purposes, functions, affordances and geographical reach. Support mechanisms should include measures for ensuring the guarantee sustainability of this ecosystemEn outre, there is a need to develop and strengthen public policy measures at European, as well as at local levels to ensure that community media, as well as other types of media serving local and rural communities, have financial and legal resources and space to operate on all distribution platforms.

Then further:

"…encourages member States to include in their media regulatory and policy frameworks a variety of measures which may include, but are not limited to the following:
une) A beneficial tax regime for the production and distribution of journalistic content;
b) Financial support schemes for media sectors besides public service media, in particular for regional, local, hyperlocal and not-for-profit community media, with accompanying safeguards for their independent administration and oversight and for equitable and non-discriminatory distribution of such support in line with the principles of transparency and accountability and with the standards of the Council of Europe

 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.

Il souscrit à l'engagement des médias communautaires aux médias et informations literacy, through the development of critical and la pensée créative and active participation in media content production.

Vous pouvez maintenant visiter le Médias communautaires microsite created by the Council of Europe, which host resources and CoE declarations supporting Broadcasting Third Sector. And you can also find the informative leaflet prepared by the Council of Europe.

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