AMARC Europe ist stolz darauf, den Beginn eines neuen Projektes von der UNESCO unterstützt bekannt zu geben „ Die Förderung der digitalen Kommunikation Rechte für die Bürgermedien“.

In Fortsetzung mit seiner strategischen globalen Perspektive möchte AMARC ihre Rolle der Förderung der partizipativen Demokratie und aktiver Bürgerschaft durch die Verteidigung und Förderung der Bürgermedien erfüllen.

Um dieses Bestreben in die Tat umzusetzen, ist die Stärkung AMARC seine Beteiligung an der Förderung des Rechts im digitalen Bereich und insbesondere in Bezug auf die digitalen terrestrischen Rundfunk, Übergangs- und Nutzung digitaler Verteilungsverfahren, in Einklang zu kommunizierenUNESCO Community Media Sustainability Policy Papers,im Jahr 2016 angenommen.

Dieses Projekt wird verlängern und die Debatten reaktivieren seit einigen Jahren im Bereich der digitalen Kommunikationsrechte in mehreren Regionen von AMARC Mitgliedern abgedeckt angehoben.

Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien und Mobiltelefonie eröffnen neue Grenzen für Gemeinschaft Sendeanstalten auf. Zum Beispiel kann das Mobiltelefon, wenn sie auf eigene verwendet wird, liefert Person-to-Person Informations- und Kommunikationsmöglichkeiten. Jedoch,wenn wir es mit einer Gemeinschaftsradiostation verbinden, wird es zu einem dynamischen „kollektives“ Kommunikations-Tool. Auf diese Weise können Mobiltelefone zu empower marginalisierte Bevölkerungsgruppen helfen aktive Teilnehmer in der gemeinschaftlichen Dialog zu werden, wobei jeder seine eigenen Erfahrungen und Ideen beizutragen.

Beim Übergang vom analogen zum digitalen terrestrischen Rundfunk (DAB +) und im Einklang mit der UNESCO Community-Medien Nachhaltigkeitspolitik papers „.. Eine zentrale Frage ist, dass Gemeinschaft Sendeanstalten zu gewährleisten haben Zugriff auf die gleichen‚angemessenen‘Teil des Frequenzspektrums, dass sie in der analogen Welt hat. Allerdings funktioniert Übertragung in unterschiedlichen Möglichkeiten im digitalen Umfeld, zumindest mit modernsten Technologien, und dies erfordert mehrsorgfältig Regulierungsansätze abgestimmt“.

Drei Aspekte werden berücksichtigt:

  1. Reservieren Spektrum
  2. Mildernde Kosten der Umstellung von analogen zum digitalen Rundfunk
  3. Annäherung an die größeren Herausforderungen der Konvergenz

Das allgemeine Ziel dieses Projekts istdie Zahl der Länder zu erhöhen, die Richtlinien für eine angemessene und maßgeschneiderte audiovisuellen Regelung gestärktim digitalen Rundfunk Sphäre zugunsten von Community-Medien. Am Ende des Projektes,mindestens 5 Länder Maßnahmen ergriffen haben, diese Politik zu stärken.

Über Europas Grenzen hinaus hat AMARC Europa indentified bereits einige mögliche Länder, in denen die Anstrengungen zu konzentrieren. In der Region Asien,Bangladesch und seine BNNRCWille Partner der Initiative, sowieURACin Senegal und dieCommunity Media Network in Jordanien. Weitere Länder werden in Mittel- und Lateinamerika einbezogen werden.

Die Förderung der nationalen Rechtsnormen oder Empfehlungen für audiovisuelle Regulierungsbehörden und anderen politischen Entscheidungsträgern Community-Medien zu beeinflussen bleibt eine offene Herausforderung. Wir sind bereit dafür. Zusammen sind wir stärker.

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AMARC Europe Member Survey
The 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!
AMARC Member Survey: Community Media and Digitalisation [ENGLISH]
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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.
Enquête auprès des membres de l’AMARC: Médias communautaires et numérisation [FRANÇAIS]
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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!
Encuesta a los miembros de AMARC: Medios Comunitarios y Digitalización [ESPAÑOL]
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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!
AMARC Mitgliederbefragung: Community Medien und Digitalisierung [DEUTSCH]
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[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!


IMG_3651Paris, 10-11 Dezember 2015

Die neue AMARC International Board traf in Paris den Prozess für die strategische Planung zur Umsetzung des strategischen Plans von der Generalversammlung in Ghana im August gewählt zu initiieren 2014 Der Treffpunkt Sitz in der UNESCO nahm, im Zentrum von Paris.

In attendance were Min Shahi (Nepal) Executive Vice President, Palmira Velasco (Mozambique) Treasurer, Vice Presidents of Regions; for Africa Karamoko Bamba (Côte d’Ivoire); for Asia-Pacific: Ram Bhat (India); for Europe: Soledad Galiana; the Vice-President of the “Women’s International Network of AMARC” Adeline Nsimire Balika (Democratic Republic of Congo), and the following Vice Presidents: Marie-Guyrlène Justin (Haiti), Yengwayo Kutta (South African Republic), Damian Loreti (Argentina), and Sophie Toupin (Canada), and former president and coordinator of the Legislative Programme, Maria Pia Matta; regional Asia-Pacific coordinator, Suman Basnet and AMARC general secretariat, Francesco Diasio.

AMARC International president, Emmanuel Boutterin highlighted how this was the first opportunity of the new board to meet face to face and create the synergies among the different AMARC regions to work together on behalf of the members.

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UNESCO and AMARC partnership

Mirta Lourenco, UNESCO Chief of Section, Communication and Information Sector, welcomed the Board members. Lourenco works with media pluralism and they work in five axis: gender equality in media at all levels, from content to working procedures; education and media training, including new technologies; World Radio Day (AMARC is part of the committee that organises that day); Youth participation in radio, a sector clearly underrepresented in media; and production of independent media content.

“For UNESCO AMARC is very important, as it brings together radios that work in the community, and UNESCO will promote among world governments the existence of community radios. We want to work very closely with AMARC. We want to work closely to create a very strong AMARC,” stated Lourenco.

IMG_3667Digitalisation in Europe: DAB+ perspective

Jean-Marc Dubreuil, programme manager France, World DMB, presented the work of his organisation to the International Board. It is planned a similar presentation by the representative of the DMR standard in the the future.

Dubreil explain that due to a full spectrum in FM in some countries, there was a need for digitalisation. In UK, Norway, Switzerland and Denmark, there is a high number of listeners of digital radio listeners. In Switzerland and Norway have decided to switch off FM (2017 and 2020 respectively). Now in Germany, Germany and Netherlands and Italy there have been an increment in the number of digital listeners as the number of digital broadcasters have increased. In Italy, 70% of the population can now receive digital radio. The Netherlands decided to initiate digitalisation in 2013, and integrate all media sectors in the platforms. Some other European countries, such as France, Belgium and Poland have been considering digital radio. In France they are now in the move to cover 93% of the population with DAB+. In France they are starting with regional and local services. The Flemish public broadcaster is already broadcasting in DAB+ in Belgium, and he French speaking public broadcast will start next year. The Polish regulator has decided to postpone digitalisation.

There is an issue with DRM+ due to the limited number of receivers for (DRM30) or not at all for DRM+. This is a problem for this standard, and if they don’t ensure that there In UK, Switzerland and Poland they are experimenting with small scale DAB+, which will require a initial capital investment of 80,000 euros for the transmitter.

According to Dubreuil, DAB offer more choice, better reception and new features to the listeners, while for broadcasters it brings innovation, better targeting of listeners and being cost-efficient, and a social level, it is a greener distribution, greater plurality and driver safety and security. Phone networks cannot sustain high volume of users, that digital broadcasting can do. He also pointed out that for digitalisation to be successful, you need to have good content and coverage, to ensure devices are accessible and cheap (including cars). In France there have been this kind of communication.
Dubreuil considers that DAB is the core future platform for radio, mostly because it is the standard being introduced by European governments.

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Freedom of Expression and Journalists safety

Sylvie Coudray, Chief of Section for the Communication and Information Sector (CI) of UNESCo made a presentation on the Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety which UNESCO has been running for the last 30 years.

UNESCO is involved in investigations in different parts of the world contacting to stakeholders and governments. Karamoko Bamba highlighted how in West Africa, specially in Mali and Ivory Coasts, many journalists have been murder. Sylvie Coudray highlighted that the issue of impunity is key, as it is the fact that there is not proper investigation and consequently no punishment, it doesn’t help when it comes to guaranty the safety of journalists. There would be a meeting in February dealing with safety of journalists and on impunity. AMARC will be represented and the meeting will focus on how to provide tools for security and against impunity against journalists and media, be sharing best practice experience, engagement with governments, and exploring new mechanisms to ensure journalists’ safety.

IMG_3675World Radio Day 2016

Jean-Francois Riffaud, Campaign coordinator World Radio Day, spoke about the preparations towards World RAdio Day (13 February 2016). This year the focus would be “Radio in Emergency and Disaster Situations”. anit would look into five specific situations:

  • Freed of expression (a disaster or emergency situation shouldn’t be a excuse to curtail freedom of expression)
  • Radio empower survivors and vulnerable people, whose right to privacy is to be respected. This is why UNESCO defends community radios, as they are the voice of vulnerable people.
  • Radio saves lives. Radio prepares people to response to catastrophes and helps them to rebuild their files after a disaster.
  • Immediate accessibility of radio frequencies is essential to saving lives. There are emergency frequencies that are reserved for these kind of situations, but are not respected by some radio operators.

UNESCO has already created a media campaign and it is preparing materials to highlight the five message, as they work in both visibility and content issues.They are preparing short interviews, documentaries, elements and stories to build your programmes, and jingles to promote Radio World Day. The website will be launched on 11 December 2016, where participants will be able to register. radioworldday.org

UNESCO will be creating 12 hours of programming that they will be broadcasting on 13 December. These are been produced by different public an commercial stations.It is possible to collaborate with this broadcast by contacting the Radio World Day organisers.


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In response to the information published by eldiario.es an internal report from the Ministry of Industry on the call for licenses for Digital TV Platform in which it is proposed the elimination of community media from the legislation, AMARC Europe requires the Spanish government to clarify this situation.

As information published in the media suggest that the Ministry of Industry is considering removing the recognition of community media in the audiovisual law, we from the AMARC network of community radios, comprising 4000 community media in 130 countries want to express our concern and surprise at this attack on the citizens’ right to communicate. We would like to remind the Spanish government that:

  1. The legally recognized status of community media is not a government concession but the application of higher rules than those of the Spanish State, rules that promote and strengthen the recognition of the right to information and communication, as well as freedom of expression.
  2. That the existence of three broadcasting sectors (public, commercial/ private and community) has been recognized and proclaimed by the Freedom of Expression Rapporteurs of the UN, OSCE, Americas and Africa in 2001, 2007 and 2013.
  3. That this recognition applies to all broadcast platforms and demands of states adopting rules that do not cause delays in the transition to digital broadcasting.
  4. That in the early resolution of appeals to the Supreme Court, in order not to generate violations of the right to communicate, the Spanish government should refrain from causing changes in the system. Otherwise, the government will exceed the state discretion to withhold support to the implementation of those rights according to article 20.1 of the Constitution and Article 10 of the European Charter of Human Rights.
  5. The 14 principles for community media regulation presented by the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue, before the UN General Assembly in its 2010 report, and approved by the Assembly do classified initiatives such as that would suggest from the Spanish State as a violation to citizens’ freedom of expression.
  6. The European Parliament by the European Directive on audiovisual media services in its resolution of 27 April 2006 (3) –which provides support to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions- states in particular that ‘cultural activities, goods and cultural services are of such economic and cultural, because they are identities, values ​​and meanings carriers and must therefore not be treated as solely having commercial value “. Decision 2006/515 / EC of 18 May 2006 on the conclusion of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (4), approved on behalf of the Community that Unesco Convention. The Convention entered into force on 18 March 2007. This Directive respects the principles of that Convention. “
  7. That Article 2 The guiding principles of this Convention where highlights:
  • Principle of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms “It is only possible to protect and promote cultural diversity if human rights are guaranteed and fundamental freedoms such as freedom of expression, information and communication, and the ability of individuals to choose cultural expressions. No one may invoke the provisions of this Convention to infringe human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or guaranteed by international law, or to limit their scope. “
  • Principle of equal access. Equitable access to a rich and diversified range of cultural expressions from all over the world and access of cultures to the means of expression and dissemination are important for enhancing cultural diversity and encouraging elements of mutual understanding. “
  1. The same convention understands that “Cultural diversity” refers to the manifold ways in which the cultures of groups and societies find expression. These expressions are passed on within and among groups and societies. Cultural diversity manifests itself only through the varied ways in which it is expresses, promotes and transmits humanity’s cultural heritage through a variety of cultural expressions but also through diverse modes of artistic creation, production, dissemination, distribution and enjoyment of cultural expressions, whatever the means and technologies used.
  2. International regulations on this topic arises from the conventions of the International Telecommunication Union, the specific articules in Recommendation 2 of ITU Resolution 69 (incorporated into the Geneva Accords of December 1992 and the Kyoto Convention in 1994) states: “taking into account the Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union, aware of the noble principles of the free dissemination of information and the right to communicate is a basic community right, RECOMMENDES to States parties to facilitate the free dissemination of information by telecommunication services. “
  3. The right of every person to communicate through any means of audio-visual reproduction is stated in Article 20.1. of the Spanish Constitution. However, to this day, it is not guaranteed by the government.
  4. That the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the role of community media in promoting social cohesion and intercultural dialogue (adopted on February 11, 2009 during the 1048 meeting of ministerial delegates), expresses its conviction that community media “for its definition and nature close to the community serve many societal needs and perform functions that neither commercial or public media can implement or carry out complete and properly.” Likewise, the Declaration:
  • “Recognizes community media as a distinct media sector, alongside public and private / commercial media and in this situation highlights the need to consider how to adapt the legal framework to facilitate the recognition and development of community media and the proper exercise its social functions.
  • “Stresses the desirability of allocating to community media, to the extent possible, a sufficient number of frequencies in both analogue and digital environments, and ensuring that community broadcasting media are not disadvantaged by the transition to the digital environment;
  • It stresses the need to develop and / or support educational and vocational programs for all communities in order to encourage them to make full use of available technology platforms; “
  1. The European Parliament resolution of 25 September 2008 European Union underlines the role of community media as useful and necessary to comply with the right to communicate and as a key player in media literacy training and the visibility of vulnerable groups. The resolution calls on member states to
  • Without detriment to traditional media, to give legal recognition to community media as a distinct group alongside commercial and public media where such recognition does not exist.
  • Support community media more actively to ensure media pluralism
  • Facilitating access to radio and television frequencies, both analogue and digital, bearing in mind that the service provided by community media is not to be assessed in terms of cost or justification of the cost of the frequency but the social value they represent.
  1. That in most of the countries around us and in the most advanced democratic systems, community media are fully normalised reality, and are considered one of the indicators of the quality of a democratic state.
  2. That current legislation (Telecommunications Act 2010) established May 1, 2011 as the deadline to begin the procedure for allocating frequencies to third sector communication (community media).
  3. It should be remembered, finally, that the recognition of the right to communicate is also confirmed by the Constitutional Court (STC 6/1981). “Freedom of expression as proclaimed by art 20.1) is a fundamental right to be enjoyed equally by all citizens and protecting them against any interference by public powers that rely on the law, and even against the law itself whether it attempts to set other limits that those included in the Constitution (arts. 4 and 53.1).

“The same holds in what if refers to the right to communicate and receive truthful information (art. 20.1 d), a formula which, obviously, includes various rights, all intimately connected. The right to communicate, in a sense, can be considered as a single practical implementation of freedom of expression and the differentiated explication has only been included in recent constitutional texts, this is a right which is also enjoyed certainly by all citizens, although in practice serves mainly as safeguard to those who made of research and dissemination their profession; the right to receive information is in fact a redundancy (it is communication when the message has a potential recipient), whose inclusion in the Constitution it is warranted, however, by the purpose of maximizing the set of standing rules that can be used to challenge any disruption of the free media. ”

  1. The Government of Spain has been in breach of its own law more than four years, and this has facilitated all kind of irregularities being committed in public policies for community media. The office of the Ombudsman had noted the anomalous situation in its report of 2012, and has initiated an investigation to respect.

The publication of Diario.es has revealed this internal report, that we consider as a new and intolerable attack, not only to community media, but to the fundamental rights of the citizens themselves, and as such should be cause for resignation or dismissal of the authorities involved.

Considering this situation, AMARC supports the call of community media and asks the Spanish government to:

  • Clarify and explain the content of the internal report which shows a clear ideological component though it was commissioned by a government and should safeguard the interests of the governed and not only those of a particular political ideology.
  • Compliance with the telecommunications Act and the end of all actions against community media.

We also request the political parties represented in the Spanish parliament to exercise its control functions and make the government to know the precise extent of the government’s actions in this matter through parliamentary questions.

AMARC believes that the Spanish State should meet the commitments signed and ratified before the concert of nations to avoid international responsibility for violating rights enshrined in international law, and ratified its availability to its members and partners in future actions in defense of the right to communicate.