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AMARC Europe Newsletter 01/2020

Dear AMARC Europe members, colleagues and friends,

Please accept the warmest greetings from the AMARC Europe team and we wish you a Happy New Year and hope you had a good start for 2020.

2019 has been a busy year, but also 2020 will have a lot of opportunities for us to continue our work for, with and by community radios in Europe and beyond.

We are entering the final phase of the Grassroots Wavelengthsproject and are currently planning learning and dissemination events for AMARC members to discuss the results and lessons learned from the creation of the community radios in Ireland, Romania and Portugal during the project. We continue our work with the SMART Erasmus+ project on media literacy in the Third Media Sector. Together with our partners from Ireland, Hungary, Basque country, Germany and Austria we will organize the next SMART pilot training for community media trainers in March in Vienna and an exchange forum on media literacy for the community media sector, partners and interested persons. As partners of the Soundroutes projects we are looking forward in 2020 to provide an opportunity for international musicians, who emigrated to Europe to perform within local communities and in collaboration with local artists and link the gained experience to the community media sectors.

Besides the current and new projects our team is engaged in, an important event for AMARC Europe is ahead of us: the AMARC Europe General Assembly 2020. The initial planning has started, and we are happy to have found with CRAOL (Ireland) a great partner for our up-coming General Assembly which will take place in autumn 2020 in Ireland. More info will follow soon.

Ahead of the GA 2020, we will continue to increase the efforts to showcase and highlight the work and impact AMARC Europe members and the whole community media sector in Europe has. Therefore, we have launched our new website with many new features for members including a member map, internal discussion fora and new exchange functionalities. In the near future you will hear more about this.

We are looking forward to a busy year with many chances to work together, exchange and eventually meet during the General Assembly in autumn 2020. The AMARC Europe team wishes you a great start for 2020.

Alexander duque
AMARC Europa
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AMARC Europe Projects and Activities

AMARC Europa lanza nuevo sitio web

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 website.

Project Overview


Therefore, we created a separate project section. In this section you can find summaries and relevant articles on the current and past AMARC Europe projects. In the detailed project view you find information on the project, project goals, partners, duration and the main project outcomes.



Mapa miembro


The member section is mapping all members, organisations, individuals and partners AMARC Europe is collaborating with. In a next step the map will be the major search tool for diverse areas of expertise in the European community media sector as an elaborated search engine and a detailed listing and information tool will be implemented into the member map. If you want to be featured on the map get in touch with us via contact@amarceurope.eu or register via the membership form.



AMARC Europe member area


As registered AMARC Europe members you will be able to enter the member forum to exchange with other members and get access to resources from various areas interesting for our sector. You will also be able to communicate directly with other members and AMARC Europe staff via your and their profile, update your contact information and details and share your experiences from your media house with the AMARC Europe family. We are looking forward to your inputs and will help you to get started in the AMARC Europe member area.



In addition, we are at the moment setting up an individual and common AMARC Europe cloud for resources for, from and by the community media sector and a collaborative online tools e.g. common working spaces for documents and files. If you want to get to know more on the member area, please do not hesitate to get in touch via contact@amarceurope.eu

Featured Content from AMARC Europe members

Last but not least, we are looking forward to your content for the new AMARC Europe website and we hope that we will be able to share your stories and experiences from the European community media sector on the new AMARC Europe platform. So, if you are an AMARC Europe member get in touch if you want your articles, project reports, picture galleries, podcasts or programs to be featured on our website and our other communication channels.
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International Community Mediascape

Tema para el Día Mundial de la Radio 2020 anunciada

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 diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations. “


For more information visit the World Radio Day website aquí

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Las nominaciones para el Premio UNESCO de Libertad de Prensa 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 promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially if risks have been involved.

Awarded annually, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (3 May), the Prize is marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of US$25,000. In 2020, the Prize is scheduled to be awarded on 23 April.

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Nico Carpentier: Video 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. Carpentier focuses his lecture on four key concepts 1) community mediagive a service to the community 2) aspects of civil society come into play 3) community media work differently fromtraditional media and 4) community media are rhizomatically organised and are part of a broader civil society et al complex.

You can watch the complete lecture aquí.
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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 website.

Project Overview

Therefore, we created a separate project section. In this section you can find summaries and relevant articles on the current and past AMARC Europe projects. In the detailed project view you find information on the project, project goals, partners, duration and the main project outcomes.

Mapa miembro

The member section is mapping all members, organisations, individuals and partners AMARC Europe is collaborating with. In a next step the map will be the major search tool for diverse areas of expertise in the European community media sector as an elaborated search engine and a detailed listing and information tool will be implemented into the member map. If you want to be featured on the map get in touch with us viacontact@amarceurope.euor register via themembership form.

AMARC Europe member area

As registered AMARC Europe members you will be able to enter the member forum to exchange with other members and get access to resources from various areas interesting for our sector. You will also be able to communicate directly with other members and AMARC Europe staff via your and their profile, update your contact information and details and share your experiences from your media house with the AMARC Europe family. We are looking forward to your inputs and will help you to get started in the AMARC Europe member area.

In addition, we are at the moment setting up an individual and common AMARC Europe cloud for resources for, from and by the community media sector and a collaborative online tools e.g. common working spaces for documents and files. If you want to get to know more on the member area, please do not hesitate to get in touch viacontact@amarceurope.eu

Featured Content from AMARC Europe members

Last but not least, we are looking forward to your content for the new AMARC Europe website and we hope that we will be able to share your stories and experiences from the European community media sector on the new AMARC Europe platform. So, if you are an AMARC Europe member get in touch if you want your articles, project reports, picture galleries, podcasts or programs to be featured on our website and our other communication channels.

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 point. This model argues that community media organizations are best understood through a combination of four approaches: 1/serving the community, 2/being an alternative to the mainstream, 3/part of civil society, 3/part of a rhizome. Particular attention is spent on how these approaches connect to the economic sustainability of community media. In the second part of the talk, a series of examples are discussed, stressing their alternative economies and vulnerabilities: the translocal projects RadioSwap of Wireless Antwerpen, the construction of quality in Swiss and Austrian community radio stations, CCMC in Cyprus and Zine production in Prague.”

You can watch the complete lectureaquí.

AMARC Europe is part of the second phase of theSoundRoutesproject. 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 programme of the European Commission approved the second phase of the Soundroutes project that will go on until the end of 2020.

The second phase of the SoundRoutes project will foresee the following actions:

  1. 38 sesiones de incubadoras de locales de co-creación de la música transcultural en Berlín, Bolonia, Sevilla y Gante.
  2. programa de movilidad para 70 músicos (50 refugiados / migrantes y 20 europeos) en Alemania, Italia, España, Bélgica y Grecia
  3. 30 Masteclasses para músicos y talleres para los más jóvenes que disfrutan los refugiados y músicos migrantes.
  4. Una agencia de reservas SoundRoutes
  5. Una plataforma en línea Soundroutes y portal web

El proyecto está coordinado porCervecería Wissmannstraße eV - Werkstatt der Kulturen(Berlin / GER) y colabora conAsociación de Bolonia en Música(Bolonia / ITA), Permiso de NPI (Gante / BEL), "S Marmaduke" (Sevilla / ESP)AMARC Europa(Bruselas / BEL) yFestival de Música de Chios(Chios / GRE).

Para más información visitesoundroutes.eu

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. Findaquíthe 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 court”

Civil Radio has never been one of the leading media. Rather, its importance and significance have been achieved by speaking about those who have been rarely broadcast by other media. We are producing programmes for and with those who have not been given the opportunity elsewhere. It is painful for us to see a poorer media space without our broadcast in the air.

Our voice stays, and we do not want to remain silent. We will not give up the possibility to broadcast at a frequency. After December 21, 2019, our programs will continue to be heard on the Internet. We do our best to preserve the uniqueness of our sound and develop the surfaces through which our listeners can surely reach us.

We will not reconcile ourselves to the decision of the Media Council. We file a lawsuit to prove in the court that, although the decision was lawfully made , it is still disproportionate and unfair. The first phase of the legal proceedings does not promise a quick outcome, withdrawal of the decision seems illusory. However, in a longer process, we will point out that the current biased media regulation makes our voice weak and prevents us from the practice of an objective approach. We will give evidence that a more balanced and fair media law can bring a freer country, more truthful information for the public.

Legal representation of Civil Radio is provided byThe Hungarian Civil Liberties Union(TASZ) with the professional cooperation ofMertek Media Monitor.

We trust that Civil Radio will have frequency, and in the meantime we will continue to broadcast with fresh content and new shows:www.civilradio.hu

We sincerely thank all those who help, support Civil Radio, who are with us, listen to us. Stay with us!

Civil Radio