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 involvement in the promotion of the right to communicate in the digital sphere and in particular in relation to digital terrestrial broadcasting, transition and use of digital distribution methods, in line withUNESCO Community Media Sustainability Policy Papers,adopted in 2016.

This project will extend and reactivate the debates raised since few years in the domain of digital communication rights in several, regions covered by AMARC members.

ICTs and mobile telephony are opening up new frontiers for community broadcasters. For example, the mobile telephone, when used on its own provides person-to-person information and communication possibilities. However,when we combine it with a community radio station, it becomes a dynamic “collective” communication tool. In this way, mobile telephones can help to empower marginalized communities to become active participants in community dialogue, each contributing his or her own experiences and ideas.

In the transition from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting (DAB +), and in line with UNESCO community media sustainability policy papers “.. A key issue is ensuring that community broadcasters have access to the same ‘equitable’ portion of the frequency spectrum that they had in the analogue world. However, transmission works in fundamentally different ways in the digital environment, at least with most modern technologies, and this requires morecarefully tailored regulatory approaches”.

Three aspects will be considered:

  1. Reserving spectrum
  2. Mitigating costs of the shift from analogue to digital broadcasting
  3. Approaching the wider challenges of convergence

The general objective of this project isto raise the number of countries that have strengthened policies for adequate and tailored audio-visual regulationin the digital broadcasting sphere in favour of community media. At the end of the project,at least 5 countries will have taken steps to strengthen those policies.

Beyond European borders, AMARC Europe has already indentified some possible countries where to concentrate the efforts. In the Asian Region,Bangladesh and its BNNRCwill partner the initiative, as well asURACin Senegal and theCommunity Media Network in Jordan. More countries will be involved in Central and Latin America.

Promoting national legal standards or recommendations for Audiovisual Regulatory Authorities and other policy-makers affecting community media remains an outstanding challenge. We are ready for it. Together we are stronger.


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 for critical media competences

The workshop offer reaches from courses for beginners to more experimental formats. From political debates to radio art and basic journalistic methods and speech training, we try to cover all kinds of subjects. Live shows or podcasts: Here you can learn all the possibilities radio has to offer.

Our Workshops covey more than just simple radio making

… especially a reflected understanding of media: the active use of media and a critical view belong together. Free radios create important democratic spaces – far-off from mainstream, ratings and propaganda.

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… should mainly be an element to help you develop your possibilities as a free, emancipated and critical media producer! We would like you to publish your opinions, ideas and information in the mass media radio and hence exercise your freedom of expression.

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Outre les ateliers radios de tout genre, le réseautage se trouve au premier plan. Lors du camp radio, tu auras la possibilité de rencontrer des mordu.e.s de la radio de tout âge. Ici, tu peux apprendre les astuces des autres participants, tisser des liens et lancer de nouvelles coopérations.


L’offre de workshops s’étend d’ateliers pour débutant.e.s à des formats plus expérimentaux. Des débats politiques en passant par l’art radiophonique et les outils journalistiques de base jusqu’aux cours de diction, nous essayons de couvrir un maximum de sujets. Des émissions en direct ou du podcast: Ici, tu apprendras toutes les possibilités qu’offre la radio.


… et surtout une compréhension des médias réfléchie: l’utilisation active des médias et un regard critique vont de pair. Les radios libres représentent des espaces démocratiques importants – loin du mainstream, de la pression des quotas et de la propagande.


… se veut être un élément qui te permettra de développer tes possibilités en tant que produc.teur.trice libre, émancipé.e et critique! Nous voulons que tu puisses publier tes opinions, idées et informations dans le média de masse que représente la radio et que tu exerces ainsi ta liberté d’expression.

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Neben Radio-Fortbildungen aller Art steht daher die Vernetzung im Vordergrund. Auf dem Radiocamp lernst du Radiomenschen aus verschiedenen Redaktionsbereichen und jeden Alters kennen. Hier kannst du erfahren, wie es die Anderen machen, kannst Kontakte knüpfen und Kooperationen starten.


Das Workshop-Angebot reicht von Einstiegskursen bis hin zu experimentellen Formaten. Von hochpolitischen Debatten über verspielte Radiokunst und musikalische Höhenflüge bis zu grundlegendem journalistischen Handwerkszeug und Sprechtrainings ist alles vertreten. Ob Live-Sendung oder Podcasting: Hier kannst du lernen, was Radio alles kann.


…sondern vor allem ein reflektiertes Medienverständnis: Die aktive Nutzung von Medien und ein kritischer Blick gehören zusammen. Freie Radios schaffen Resonanzräume und Orte der Mitsprache – abseits von Mainstream, Quotendruck und Propaganda.


…soll vor allem ein Baustein dazu sein, dass du als Sendungsmacher_in deine Möglichkeiten als freie, mündige und kritische Medienproduzent_in nutzen kannst! Wir möchten, dass du deine Ansichten, Ideen und Informationen in einem Massenmedium wie dem Radio publizierst und dein Recht auf freie Meinungsäußerung ausübst.

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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 for economic fractions, to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, ensure equal access to and equal treatment of women in education and health care and enhance women’s sexual and reproductive health as well as education and promote and protect all human rights of women and girls and include men to participate in all actions to achieve full equality.

This year’s International Women’s Day campaign I am Generation Equality campaignis bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country, to drive actions that will create a gender-equal world. However, there is still a way to go: “But even though there has been progress, no country has achieved gender equality. Our best hasn’t been good enough. Challenges remain for all countries, although many of them are not insurmountable.” says the statement of the UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on this year’s topic.

Media as Key Promotor for Gender Equality

Local, national and international media outlets remain an impactful daily source of information, discourse and exchange platform for a majority of persons in Europe and around the world. Who appears in and creates the news, which angles are been used to report on women and gender equality, how women are portrayed and what is been left out matters as structures and systems of discrimination and inequality are been reinforced through media systems.

The data on women in media, however, is unambiguous: in Europe only 24% of persons who are interviewed, or the focus of a news item are female and only 2 of 12 public radio stations in Germany are directed by women. Women’s points of view are rarely heard in the topics that dominate the news agenda; even in stories that affect women profoundly, such as gender-based violence, it is the male voice that prevails.

AMARC Europe fights for Gender Equality

AMARC Europe emphasizes the importance of the role played by women in the field of communication, media production and community media and identifies key areas for the continuous fight for women representation and gender equality on and off air:

  • Women’s access to the airwaves:Women need to have access to the airwaves, in terms of the ability to make their own programmes about political and social issues and entertainment, and also to have programmes that deal with women’s issues.
  • Women’s representation on air: Encourage the representation of women in their diversity, and do not emphasise stereotyped roles, such as within the family, for women. Ensure that all people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, etc are treated with respect and dignity in all aspects of the content broadcast on the station, whether in editorial content or advertisements aired.
  • The special needs of minority women: The diversity of women’s experiences needs to be recognised, and space should be created for women who have faced further forms discrimination, oppression or neglect by commercial and state media. This includes special provisions for including differently abled women, women from minority ethnic, caste or indigenous backgrounds and women from sexual minorities, such as lesbians and transgenders.
  • Women’s representation at all levels of station management: Community radio has better women’s representation than either commercial or government-owned/ public media. However, women are still massively under-represented, particularly in areas of decision-making and technical skills and there are too many stations where there is no effective representation of women.
  • The use of appropriate technology: While some women are proficient in the use of information technologies, there remains a gendered digital divide and the majority are not. Women are often excluded from the use of technology, including the use of traditional technology, such as operating a radio studio. It is important to acknowledge this gendered digital divide and overcome it, through both dedicated technical training by and for women and investment in appropriate technology.
  • Funding and capacity building for women’s radio: Capacity building is a key component for achieving gender parity. This does not only apply to capacity building for women involved in the station, but for both men and women so that they can work together to build a safe, nurturing and supportive environment where all feel able to contribute their best to all aspects of station success.

AMARC Europe calls on its over 250 members in over 20 European countries, friends and colleagues from the (community) media and communication field to make gender equality reality and contribute to this year’s International Women’s Day theme “I am Generation Equality – Realizing Women’s Rights”

[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 in democratic discourses and the impact on the (community) media landscape in Europe will be one key area for the up-coming work of AMARC Europe and also a key discussion point at the AMARC Europe General Assembly holding in autumn 2020.

Therefore, we want to start a discussion with an initial member survey on the ways the current on-going technological developments are impacting the work and existence of our members and the community media sector and which answers and strategies have emerged out of these challenges.

Your answers will help to develop an AMARC Europe digitalisation strategy, common projects, activities and answers to the common challenges.

We would highly appreciate if you could fill this short questionnaire. Thank you!

[FRANÇAIS] Enquête auprès des membres de l’AMARC Europe:
La numérisation et le secteur des médias de la Communauté européenne

Chers membres de l’AMARC Europe,
Chers amis et collègues du secteur des médias communautaires en Europe et dans le monde,

L’évolution technologique actuelle vers des (infra)structures de communication numérique, les effets visibles des grandes plateformes Internet et des services de streaming sur la manière dont nous consommons et produisons les médias et l’information, le changement de la participation aux discours démocratiques et l’impact sur le paysage médiatique (communautaire) en Europe seront un domaine clé pour le travail à venir de l’AMARC Europe et également un point de discussion lors de l’Assemblée générale de l’AMARC Europe qui se tiendra à l’automne 2020.

Par conséquent, nous voulons lancer une discussion avec une première enquête auprès des membres sur la manière dont les développements technologiques actuels ont un impact sur le travail et l’existence de nos membres et du secteur des médias communautaires et sur les réponses et stratégies qui ont émergé de ces défis.

Vos réponses aideront à développer une stratégie de numérisation de l’AMARC Europe, des projets communs, des activités et des réponses aux défis communs.

Nous vous serions très reconnaissants de bien vouloir remplir ce court questionnaire. Nous vous en remercions.

[ESPAÑOL] Encuesta a los miembros de AMARC Europa:
La digitalización y el sector de los medios de comunicación de la Comunidad Europea

Estimados miembros de AMARC Europa,
Estimados amigos y colegas del sector de los medios de comunicación comunitarios en Europa y en todo el mundo,

El actual cambio tecnológico hacia (infra)estructuras de comunicación digitales, los efectos visibles de las grandes plataformas de Internet y los servicios de transmisión en línea (streaming) en la forma en que consumimos y producimos los medios de comunicación y la información, así como el cambio en la participación en los discursos democráticos y las repercusiones en el panorama de los medios de comunicación (comunitarios) en Europa serán una de las claves de la labor futura de AMARC Europa y también un punto de debate fundamental en la Asamblea General de AMARC Europa que se celebrará en el otoño de 2020.

Por lo tanto, queremos iniciar un debate con una primera encuesta a los miembros sobre la forma en que los actuales avances tecnológicos en curso están repercutiendo en la labor y la existencia de nuestros miembros y el sector de los medios de comunicación comunitarios y qué respuestas y estrategias han surgido de esos desafíos.

Sus respuestas ayudarán a desarrollar una estrategia de digitalización de AMARC Europa, proyectos comunes, actividades y respuestas a los desafíos del sector.

Le agradeceríamos mucho que completara este breve cuestionario. Muchas gracias!

AMARC Europe Mitgliederbefragung:
Die Digitalisierung und der europäische Community Mediensektor

Liebe AMARC Europe Mitglieder,
Liebe Freunde und Kolleg*innen aus den Freien Medien in Europa und weltweit,

Der aktuelle technologische Wandel hin zu digitalen Kommunikations(infra)strukturen, die sichtbaren Auswirkungen großer kommerzieller Internetplattformen und Streamingdienste auf die Art und Weise, wie wir Medien und Informationen konsumieren und produzieren, der Wandel in der Teilhabe an demokratischen Diskursen und die Auswirkungen auf die (freie) Medienlandschaft in Europa werden ein Schlüsselbereich für die kommende Arbeit von AMARC Europe und auch ein zentraler Diskussionspunkt bei der AMARC Europe Generalversammlung im Herbst 2020 sein.

Deshalb wollen wir eine Diskussion mit einer ersten Mitgliederbefragung beginnen, wie sich die derzeit laufenden technologischen Entwicklungen auf die Arbeit und Existenz unserer Mitglieder und den Freien Mediensektor auswirken und welche Antworten und Strategien sich aus diesen Herausforderungen ergeben haben.

Eure Antworten werden dazu beitragen, eine Digitalisierungsstrategie für AMARC Europe, gemeinsame Projekte, Aktivitäten und Antworten auf die gemeinsamen Herausforderungen zu entwickeln.

Wir würden uns sehr freuen, wenn Du diesen kurzen Fragebogen ausfüllen würdest. Vielen Dank!

Estimados miembros de AMARC Europa, colegas y amigos,

Dentro de unos días vamos a celebrar el Día Mundial de 2020. tema de radio de este año, el Día Mundial de la Radio es “Somos la diversidad. Somos RADIO”.

La UNESCO sostiene en el tema de este año racional que “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.”

Diversity is a claim AMARC Europe as the biggest representative of the European community radio sector is pursuing in its long history. In the AMARC Europe charter, which was adopted in 1994 in Ljubljana, the emphasis was put on the “… diversity of forms of community radio; … provide a right of access to minority and marginalised groups and promote and protect cultural and linguistic diversity; … inform their listeners on the basis of information drawn from a diversity of sources …”

Press freedom, access to information, critical reflection of media content and a diversity of media outlets are the key stones for a dynamic democracy, however, nowadays independent, local and community-oriented journalism is more and more exposed to political and economic threats and pressure. In this context, community media remain crucial actors and articulation platforms to ensure the participation of diverse communities in public discussion, provide access to local information and give a voice to underrepresented communities. The World Radio Day is one opportunity to showcase these potentials of community media in the current context.

The importance of the community media sector in the current European political environment to promote diversity has been acknowledged in the findings and the appreciations the community media sector has received as an integral part of vital democracies on European and international level.

The Council of Europe recommendation from 2018 on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership sees that the current content shift to the internet as a possible threat to independence of media houses and diversity and quality of productions. However, the Council of Europe also mentions that “…not-for-profit community media can serve as a counterbalance to increased media concentration. By virtue of their remit and organisation, public service media are particularly suited to address the informational needs and interests of all sections of society, as is true of community media in respect of their constituent users. It is of utmost importance that the mandates of public service media include the responsibility to reflect political pluralism and foster awareness of diverse opinions, notably by providing different groups in society – including cultural, linguistic, ethnic, religious, sexual or other minorities – with an opportunity to receive and impart information, to express themselves and to exchange ideas.”

The European Parliament states on the role of community media in the European Union in its resolution on media pluralism and freedom (2017/2209(INI)) from 2018 that “… community media and grassroots media, [which] are crucial elements of a favourable environment for guaranteeing the fundamental right to freedom of expression and information”.

AMARC Europe is looking forward to the various events and ways the community media sector in Europe and beyond will celebrate the World Radio Day 2020 and thereby emphasizes the crucial role community radios play in promoting diversity, democratic participation and social cohesion in our societies.

The AMARC Europe team wishes our members in Europe and our colleagues and friends around the World a happy World Radio Day 2020!
Contact for further inquiries

Alexander duque
Coordinador de Proyectos de AMARC Europa