¿Qué está haciendo la gente en sus barrios para luchar contra el virus y sus consecuencias sociales? ¿Qué piden a las administraciones públicas? Las emisoras de radio comunitarias de la ReMC emiten en red un programa especial de 2 horas este domingo 29 März, entre las 11 y las 13.00. Así será” El otro coronavirus”.

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Se abordará la situación de laspersonas y barrios más empobrecidos, así como las redes deapoyo mutuo que están surgiendo en diferentes partes del país. Hablaremos de laspropuestas de la ciudadanía y los movimientos sociales, como el Plan de Choque Social. Nos preguntaremoscómo sobrellevar el confinamiento y descubriremos que es mejor no hacer caso a algunas canciones en estos días (son los antihimnos).

Por último reflexionaremos sobre el papel de los medios comunitarios en una crisis, en una emergencia, con tantas ramificaciones como la del COVID 19. Escúchanos en tu radio comunitaria más cercana o en este enlace.

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The seeds have been planted. Now we are going to water them”, explains the new chairperson of the Community Media Network ReMC, Mariano Fernández Cabarcos.

It is the best image to describe the decisions taken at the assembly of the ReMC (Spanish network of community media) held in A Coruña, Galicien, 13-14 April 2018. Community media are going to plan actions and create alliances to guarantee the right to communicate of the citizenship at the autonomous and state levels of the administration, as well as in the social and political sphere. These new initiatives are part of an action plan that also aims to strengthen the network and its partners.

The political and legal strategy of the ReMC will show that the discrimination suffered by the citizens involved in community media is a human rights violation. It distances usincomprehensiblyfrom European and international standards and has to be resolvedurgently and adequately”, emphasizes Fernández Cabarcos.

This Assembly also served to support CUAC FM and make visible the impact created by the prohibition to the radio station to broadcast in FM imposed by the Xunta de Galicia (autonomous government), after the 21 years of service of this community station to the citizens of A Coruña. More information in Spanish hierund hier.

AMARC Europe’s president Michael Nicolai, expressed his support to CUAC FM and the Spanish Community and Free Radio movement via video.

AMARC Europe fully supports CUAC FM in their conflict with the regulatory authority and calls for all parties to support human and free media rights.

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BRIEFING

With this declaration we aim to defend the exercise of the freedom of speech through any means, specially the community media.

Community radios are non-profit, plural and independent spaces for free communication that serve their community while fulfilling a social purpose. They are democratizing spaces that encourage the social cohesion and the media literacy among the citizenship. Community media are a legal right for citizens that is expressly recognized by law (General Audiovisual Communication Act 7/2010) but not by the government.

Cuac FM has been waiting 21 years for a broadcasting license to be granted. After 7 years the government keeps refusing to regulate the existing community communication services. On the contrary, public administration has initiated a sanction proceeding, threatening the radio station with a fine of up to 200.000€. Cuac FM has had to stop broadcasting via the 103.4 FM dial, and tomorrow the same could happen to any of the more than 300 free radio stations nationwide.

In this declaration we CLAIM our right to freedom of speech and communication, and we DEMAND:

(1) that the sanctioning files currently opened against Cuac FM and other free and community media of the country are closed immediately

(2) The grant of a temporary authorisation so that Cuac FM can keep providing a Community Broadcasting service, as set out in the 7/2010 Akt.

(3) The drafting of a Communication Act where third sector entities are granted an equal treatment and part of the radio broadcasting space is reserved for community media, Which also guarantees the sustainability of these media as proof of plurality of information, of the right of the citizenship to access the media, cultural diversity and media democratization.

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The Community Media Sector has been developed in Spain since the 80s. Jedoch, Community Media legal recognition occurred 20 years later, when the State approved the new Audiovisual Communication General Law 7/2010, März 31, 2010 . Over six years have passed and no one community radio has been awarded with a broadcasting license. Despite the requests made by the REMC (Spanish Community Media Network), by several community radios and TVs as well as by several regional governments[1], the Government has not released frequencies for this kind of services, either in radio or television, nor has it established any procedure for community media licensing applications. Auch, the national government has ignored the repeated legal reminders made by the Ombudsman.

Different regional Government had also excluded community media in several processes of distribution of licenses referring to the lack of national regulation regarding this type of radio stations. The only way to obtain broadcasting licenses has been participating in competitions for commercial broadcasting licenses. On very few occasions some media, in small cities, community media have been able to obtain a commercial license.

The approval of the expected Audiovisual Communication General Law has not brought any improvement in the legal situation of the Spanish community media. We could even say that the situation has worsened because radio and television licenses have continued to be distributed, excluding non-commercial broadcasters and less space is left in the radio spectrum for the unlicensed stations that are struggling for the free frequencies in the dial. This situation strongly jeopardizes the viability or continuity of small radio stations in some cities.

In response to this situation the Community Media Network (REMC) promoted several court appeals. Jedoch, the courts have not considered any of its arguments and have also condemned them to the payment of court costs. Despite this situation, one hundred radio stations and 3 community TV continue their broadcasting activity facing possible closures and high fines.

[1]     Respuesta del Gobierno a iniciativa parlamentaria 184/000475 BOCG. Congreso de los Diputados Núm. D-76 de 17/04/2012 Pág.: 42 https://www.congreso.es/public_oficiales/L10/CONG/BOCG/D/D_076.PDF#page=42

Weitere Informationen (in Spanishwww.medioscomunitarios.net or contactJavier García. ReMC. javito.almenara@gmail.com  for info also in English.

spainThe latest International Press Institute (IPI) country report has foundevident dangers for the free flow of informationin the Spanish state. It has also highlighted that the lack of implementation of the 2010 Audio-visual Law provisions on the regulation of community radio is a threat to citizens right to communicate.

IPI is troubled by the Spanish government’s refusal to comply with the requirement to develop a regulatory framework for community media. This inaction manifestly violates the right of community media to operate as a part of a pluralistic media environment as clearly established by the 2010 Broadcasting Act.

Further more, the IPI report points out the dangers posed by the controversial public security legislation, wie die “Gag ActoLey Mordaza”. “Among other things, the law punishes the unauthorised use of images of police officers, as well as the failure to show due respect toward the police, with hefty fines. The measure had become a lightning rod from the moment it was first announced, as it was put forward in the midst of an unprecedented wave of public protests in Spain, many of which were a response to the current government’s austerity programme, and which have involved clashes between police and demonstrators as well as, in some cases, instances of alleged police aggression against journalists. While the Popular Party has characterised the law as necessary to protect public order and prevent violence, it is waging a lonely battle in the court of national and international public opinion,” warns the report.

The IPI has also called the Spanish government to restore independence of the country’s public broadcaster. “In April 2012, just five months after taking power, the current government issued an executive decree scrapping the requirement for a two-thirds parliamentary majority when appointing members of the Spanish public broadcaster’s executive board. The new procedure allowing for appointment by absolute majority allows the governing party undue influence over the board’s composition and, by extension, key editorial positions. Since the change, RTVE has been besieged with accusations of bias and manipulation of news coverage, leading to a complaint before the European Parliament in April 2015.

Further more, the report denounces the lack of an independent regulatory body, as “in 2013, the Popular Party-controlled Parliament passed a law throwing out a key achievement of Spain’s 2010 General Broadcasting Act: the creation of an independent, sector-specific broadcast regulator, something Spain had previously lacked. Die 2013 law rolled the broadcast regulator’s functions into a “superregulator” – with additional competencies over airports, railroads, the postal service and the energy market – whose 10 members are directly appointed by the government without consultation from Parliament.

Joining the International Press Institute (IPI) in issuing the recommendations were the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), die European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Madrid-basedPlatform in Defence of Free Expression (PDLI).

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