AMARC link, Volume 14, Number 3, , 2010

Titles:

1.- MESSAGE FROM AMARC PRESIDENT

On behalf of the International Board of Directors of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), I am pleased to invite you to join us for the 10th World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters. AMARC 10 will be held from 8 to 13 November 2010 in Ciudad de la Plata, in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

2.- ATTACKS ON COMMUNITY RADIO

Demolición de la radio comunitaria de Zacate Grande

Davao Oriental radioman shot dead

AMARC Calls Upon the Philippines Government to Stop Killings of Journalists and Broadcasters

Broadcaster killed in Ilocos shooting, 2nd in 24 hours

TOGO : Intimidations contre les radios communautaires, menaces et agressions physiques contre les journalistes

 





 

 


3.- LEGISLATION

4.- GOOD NEWS FROM COMMUNITY RADIOS

5.- MEETINGS, CONFERENCES AND TRAININGS

6.- HAITI

7.- COMING ACTIVITIES

8.- RESOURCES

9.-THE INTERNATIONAL SECRETARIAT



1.- Message from the AMARC President

   

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the International Board of Directors of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), I am pleased to invite you to join us for the 10th World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters. AMARC 10 will be held from 8 to 13 November 2010 in Ciudad de la Plata, in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

AMARC 10 will be hosted by community radio members of AMARC Argentina who have come together to welcome the first global conference of AMARC to be held in South America, the region in which community radio was born over 60 years ago. Argentina and the Latin America & Caribbean region have been characterized by dynamic social change in recent years and have much experience to share with our international movement.

AMARC 10 will bring together more than 400 community broadcasters and stakeholders from over 100 countries in all regions of the world. It will be a place to reflect on the growth of community media worldwide and to respond, through international solidarity, to the challenges that we continue to face in creating new forms of popular communication.

The AMARC10 conference will include, among other issues, sharing of good practice in community media; advocacy to improve media policies, laws and regulations; joint action through community media for social justice, gender equity and a sustainable planet; knowledge sharing on the use of new communication tools and technologies; strategies to empower and support communities faced with conflict, emergency and disaster.

AMARC 10 will be an open and participatory event in which we come together to share our ideas, knowledge and culture. We invite you to contribute by proposing activities, presentations, workshops, demonstrations and performances that can enrich our experience and ensure our global gathering reflects the diversity of our movement.

For further information, regular updates and registration, please visit the AMARC 10 Conference website at: http://amarc10.amarc.org or contact secretariat@si.amarc.org

Warm regards,

Steve Buckley
President of AMARC


 

2.- Attacks on community radio

    Public Prosecutor's Office requested demolition of Zacata Grande Community radio

Honduras, April 28, 2010
The prosecutor of the Public Ministry, Marco Tulio Campos filed a criminal complaint with the court Amapala section against Pedro Canales Torres, José Ernesto Laso, Wilmer Cabrera Rivera, Ethel Veronica Korea, Rafael Osorio, Jose Danilo Osorio, members of the Community Radio Voice Zacate Grande on charges of usurpation of the land as well as for the crime of theft of government to install radio without the authorization of the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL).

The station had asked the permission of operation since early last year, but until now didn't obtain a response from the authorities.

The radio was inaugurated last April 14, 2010, when members of the station were beaten by guards of Miguel Facussé known private landowner in Honduras. Subsequently, on April 17 came several armed men in civilian clothes, making sure to come from the Public Ministry and demanded to see the operating license of the radio, and the data of people who work there, the information were denied. On April 20 police officers arrived and surrounded the radio, the pressure of the population made them withdraw a few days later police officers arrived and the Dirección Nacional de Investigación Criminal (DNCI), mostly hooded, who ensured that they had a subpoena for Ethel Veronica Korea, a member of the station, the publication avoided people to go to the radio.

The station broadcasts with 400 watts of power and its contents are intended to assist the rural population of the community, and to support land tenure for housing and planting, the conflict over land ownership on the Facussé family dating back 30 years.

The criminal complaint was also against the leaders of the Movement of Titles and Recovery of Lands from Zacata Grande for the crime of usurpation of land, according to the Public Prosecutor, Marco Tulio Campos, the construction of the radio house was made on the property of the landowner Miguel Facussé. However, Benito Perez, Secretary of the Board of the community, says the radio was installed on land that has already been recovered for 10 years and according to the Honduras law, the time determine the ownership of the land that belongs to those who occupy.

People complained will be submitted to public hearing before the judge on Wednesday May 5, so the judge issued the ruling against them. This is the first time a criminal process is used against an unauthorized radio station in Honduras.

The criminalization of radio and jail their members may be added to the already difficult situation of freedom of expression in Honduras, where the murder of journalists were perpetrated in July this year, without the State implement concrete actions to stop violence against journalists and communicators.

AMARC Latin America and the Caribbean is calling on the government of Honduras to end the climate of harassment and threats against journalists, in response to permit application of radio La Voz de Zacate Grande and avoid exercise criminal action against members, which would involve at least five years in prison for transmitted without proper authorization, since the radio has shown its request to be legal.

We remind the Government of Honduras that the report, published in April this year, by the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) states: "... it is essential that States do not use disproportionate penal law on matters relating to the right to freedom of expression and in this sense, it is urgent that the legal frameworks to suit international standards of equality and non discrimination. "

 

Davao Oriental radioman shot dead

MANILA, Philippines – A broadcaster from Mati, Davao Oriental, was shot dead Monday night, police said.

A belated message from the Police Regional Office 11 (PRO 11) said Desidario “Jessie” Camangyan, 52, anchorman of Sunrise FM in Mati, was sitting onstage at a singing contest he was emceeing in Barangay Macopa, Manay town when the unidentified killer shot him at close range beneath the right ear at around 10:30 p.m.

PRO 11 spokesman, Superintendent Querubin Manalang, said the “Special Investigation Task Force Caangyan” headed by Superintendent Jorge Corpuz has been set up to investigate the killing.

Although the police gave no possible motive for the killing, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines chapter in Davao City reported that Camangyan campaigned for Mayor Michelle Rabat during the May 10 elections.

He was also known to have criticized mining and illegal logging operations in Davao Oriental.

The NUJP chapter quoted Bobong Alcantara, station manager of Sunrise Radio, as saying he believes Camangyan’s attacks on logging operations could be behind the killing.

The victim had gone to Barangay Makopa with his wife and 6-year old son.

Camangyan is the 138th media worker murdered since 1986 and the 101st under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who steps down at the end of the month, the count of the NUJP shows.

The deaths under Arroyo include 32 media workers killed in the November 23 Ampatuan massacre, in which 58 persons were slaughtered.

 

Broadcaster killed in Ilocos shooting, 2nd in 24 hours

 

Barely 24 hours after a radio commentator was shot dead in Mindanao, another radioman died after being shot in Ilocos Norte Tuesday night.

Radio dzRH reported Wednesday that Joselito Agustin of dzJC Aksyon Radyo Laoag died while undergoing treatment at a hospital at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Agustin, 37, was shot at least four times past 10 p.m. at the boundary of Laoag City and Bacarra town while he was heading home, a local police official said in an interview on dzBB.

“Kagabi pasado 10 p.m., pauwi si Lito Agustin sa Bacarra, yan ang susunod na bayan going north from Laoag. Nang malapit sa boundary nag-overtake ang motor may sakay na dalawang kalalakihan. Ang nakaangkas, siya ang bumaril sa kanya apat na beses (About past 10 p.m., Agustin was on his way home to Bacarra town. At the boundary of Bacarra town and Laoag City, a motorcycle with two men overtook his motorcycle and the back rider shot him at least four times)," Laoag City police head Superintendent Sterling Blanco said.

Blanco said they recovered four shells from a cal-.45 pistol. He said Agustin’s nephew, a backrider on the victim’s motorcycle, could not give other details about the suspects.

Citing initial reports reaching him, Blanco said Agustin sustained gunshot wounds on the left side of the body.

He also said the Laoag City police are coordinating with Bacarra town police to see if Tuesday night’s shooting was connected with the strafing of Agustin’s house in Bacarra last May 7.

“Nakikipagugnayan kami sa chief of police para meron kaming comparison sa ibang ebidensya sa nakuha namin. Hopefully makakuha tayo ng malinaw na motibo (We are coordinating with the Bacarra chief of police to compare notes. Hopefully we can establish the motive for the incident)," he said.

Agustin was known to his listeners as Aksyon Lito. He left behind two children, the eldest being four years old and the youngest having been baptized only recently.

The dzRH report said Agustin's colleagues suspect his commentaries against corruption in the province may have been a possible motive for the attack.

It added that Ilocos police are already investigating the incident.

Last Monday night, an unidentified assailant shot dead radio anchor Desidario Camangyan who was hosting an amateur singing contest in Manay town in Davao Oriental province at around 10:30 p.m. [See: Broadcaster shot dead in Davao Oriental - police]

Mounting intl pressure

Agustin's killing happened just as international pressure has started mounting for Philippine authorities to solve quickly the killing of Camangyan.

New York-based media watchdog group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged police Wednesday (Manila time) to bring the killers of Camangyan to justice soonest.

“Police must move quickly to apprehend the killers of Desidario Camangyan and prosecute those responsible... The authorities must ensure that no witnesses are intimidated from coming forward or testifying, as has been the case in previous such murders in the Philippines," said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator, on CPJ’s website.

Camangyan, 52, succumbed to a shot to the head in front of the contest’s audience, which included his wife and six-year-old son, CPJ said as it cited initial accounts on the incident.

He was an anchor for local radio station Sunrise FM in Mati City, according to local press freedom group the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.

“Sunrise Manager Bobong Alcantara told local journalists that Camangyan’s hard-hitting commentaries against illegal logging operations were a possible motive in the attack. Camangyan had also campaigned for the incumbent mayor of Mati, Michelle Rabat, in last month’s general elections, according to local news reports," CPJ said.

A local police task force led by Senior Superintendent Jorge Corpuz is investigating the killing.

The CPJ noted it had written President-elect Benigno Simeon Aquino III last June 9 to address the country’s high rate of journalist murders.

In its letter, it also asked Aquino to thoroughly investigate the November 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre, where 57 people including 32 journalists were killed.

On the other hand, the CPJ said the Philippines placed third in its Impunity Index, a list of countries which consistently fail to address journalist killings, after Iraq and Somalia.— LBG/RSJ, GMANews.TV.

 

AMARC Calls Upon the Philippines Government to Stop Killings of Journalists and Broadcasters

June 28, 2010. Kathmandu. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters-Asia Pacific (AMARC-AP) condemns the recent killings of three more journalists last week, two of whom were fellow broadcasters, in the Philippines. The deaths of Desiderio Camangyan of Sunrise FM (Davao) last June 14, Joselito Agustin of DzJC Aksyon Radyo (Ilocos Norte) last June 16, and Nestor Bedolido of Kastigado Newspaper (Digos City) last June 20 bring the number of journalists killed under the outgoing Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime to 104.

We hold the outgoing administration morally liable for allowing the Philippines to become the most dangerous country for journalists. On the average, one journalist was killed every month in the last nine years. This fact calls to question the country’s claim as one of the region’s oldest democracies. To date, 141 journalists were killed since the baseline year of 1986 when the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos was ousted.

It is more lamentable that very few cases have been successfully prosecuted. Even the Philippine Secretary of Justice initially wanted to absolve two suspected perpetrators of the Ampatuan Massacre that killed 33 journalists last November. We are also alarmed that one of the witnesses to the most shocking crime against journalists in history was killed last June June 22, endangering the quest for justice. AMARC-AP has condemned the massacre in a unanimously-approved resolution last February in Bangalore, India on the occasion of our second regional conference.

We enjoin AMARC-AP’s collective voice with local and international media and human rights organizations in seeking justice for all victims of media killings and attacks in the Philippines. AMARC-AP calls on the incoming Benigno Aquino administration to stop the killings of journalists and other innocent civilians and to prosecute suspects in all the killings. We also urge the new government to immediately implement a program that would encourage the establishment and unencumbered operation of community radio broadcasting in the Philippines.

As the world’s biggest broadcasting movement with more than 5,000 member community broadcasting stations and advocates worldwide, AMARC believes that democracy and social justice is only achievable when there is a free press.

 

 

TOGO: Intimidation against community radio stations, threats and physical attacks against journalists

For some time, news organizations including the Union of Independent Journalists of Togo (UJIT), the Togolese Media Observatory (OTM) and the National Council of Patrons Press (ConApp) noted bitterly that journalists are subject of intense intimidation, threats and even physical attacks from some activists and officials of the UFC and the FRAC.

Today, these threats are translated into reality and have unfortunately taken alarming proportions since the public comments From the candidate of FRAC in the last presidential election on March 4 at a mass meeting Saturday, April 3, 2010 at the Beach Lome .

Jean-Pierre Fabre, had addressed the crowd of demonstrators in terms quite threats against journalists: "... journalists, are they crazy? ... Are the journalists stupid? If you say, we will say that you insult them! Why journalists behave like this? ..." . He continued later: "... if journalists have lead in their ears, they have to say it so we can puncture their ears, and they will listen ...." .

Remember that the Union of Independent Journalists of Togo (UJIT), the Togolese Media Observatory (OTM) and the National Council of Press boss (ConApp) also had to mourn the meantime intimidation and threats were the the object Radio Nana Fm and Radio Kanal FM, two radio stations in Lome since the proclamation of the preliminary results of March 4, 2010 on their antenna.

Also in the same straight line, the brothers Peter and Emile Kouton Dogbe when working, were attacked by some militants of the UFC and FRAC at public events challenging the results of the presidential 2010.

A few days later, it was the turn of fellow Dimas Dzikodo of "Forum de la Semaine" and Dominique Aliziou of "Chronique de la Semaine " to be stigmatized by the leaders of the UFC and the FRAC for asking in their writings and radio shows "evidence of the victory of the UFC and the FRAC candidate. What had brought out the leaders of the UFC and the FRAC through various insults and threats that today are transfomed in to violence and aggression by their activists on journalists and Communication professionals.

As this was not enough, it' was the turn of the fellow Peter Dogbé, RFI correspondent in Togo, to be attacked by angry and excited militants from the UFC and the FRAC during their demonstration on Wednesday 21 April 2010. The windshield of the car of Peter Dogbé was shattered by demonstrators who have logged the RFI correspondent in Togo.

Moreover, the Union of Independent Journalists of Togo (UJIT), the Togolese Media Observatory (OTM) and the National Council of Press Patrons (ConApp) learn the badges of media coverage of the elections issued by the High Authority of Audiovisual and Communication (HAAC) to the reporters would be used by elements outside the profession. An act that professional organizations press denounced in the strongest terms.

Given the foregoing, it should be noted that the safety of journalists is truly threatened and their lives endangered.

The Union of Independent Journalists of Togo (UJIT), the Togolese Media Observatory (OTM) and the National Council of Press Patrons (ConApp) remind that these acts don't promote the exercise of freedom expression and press guaranteed by the Constitution and the Press Code.

The Union of Independent Journalists of Togo (UJIT), the Togolese Media Observatory (OTM) and the National Council of Press Patrons (ConApp) invite people to calm and appealed to all political parties to work towards promote the spirit of tolerance and better citizenship in their militants.

The Union of Independent Journalists of Togo (UJIT), the Togolese Media Observatory (OTM) and the National Council of Press Patrons (ConApp) also asked the authorities to ensure journalists safety everywhere, especially on reporting places.

The Union of Independent Journalists of Togo (UJIT), the Togolese Media Observatory (OTM) and the National Council of Press Patrons (ConApp) require an investigation to locate the responsibility in the latest assault on the RFI reporter, whose vehicle was damaged.

The Union of Independent Journalists of Togo (UJIT), the Togolese Media Observatory (OTM) and the National Council of Press Patrons (ConApp) invite all colleagues of both local and international press for increased vigilance in this post electoral period and the scrupulous observance of ethical rules of conduct in the exercise of their profession.

 

Lomé, April 22, 2010

 

 

Resolution In Support of Media and Communications Workers in the Americas

The National Federation of Community Broadcasters (United States) and AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) being committed to freedom of expression, communication rights, and the importance of journalism including grassroots media call on the President of the United States as well as the governments of Colombia, Mexico, Honduras, and El Salvador to:

• Denounce attacks on journalists and media practitioners and to reign in the rampant impunity which has created a disregard for communication rights making journalism among the most dangerous professions in the world today.

For example:

•Colombia: direct attacks on the communications team of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca (ACIN) and their community radio stations.

•Mexico: Assassinations, disappearances, assaults on journalists and media outlets by local and federal police, paramilitaries, and political partisans in many parts of the country.

• El Salvador: numerous young Radio Victoria journalists have received death threats, and the station’s equipment has suffered damage in response to their ongoing coverage of the anti-mining social movement in their region.

•Honduras: Deaths of at least 5 journalists and a multitude of death threats on various media practitioners, as well as arson attacks on radio stations.

•United States: Silencing of immigrant journalists and violation of their communication rights in Arizona following its recently enacted draconian laws (such as SB1070) concerning the rights of immigrants and undocumented workers.

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Copies of this resolution will be sent to offices of US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia, Mexico and the United States, as well as the NFCB listserv and the international office of AMARC, to be distributed to community radios in those countries

 

3.- Legislation

   

Argentina Supreme Court unanimously supports validity of Audiovisual Communication Act

 

On Wednesday 15 June, the Supreme Court overturned the injunction that had suspended the implementation of the new Law on Audiovisual Communication in Argentina. This law was passed by Congress late last year after a democratic process and is one of the most advanced in terms of plurality and diversity in the region. However, it was suspended in its entirety on March 25 this year after the lawsuit filed by a deputy who is legitimized as a consumer representative and argued failures in the parliamentary process. "Unanimously, the high court said that a Member is not entitled to prove in court that he lost a debate in Congress." 1

In giving the appeal process to analyze the validity of the injunction that suspended the effects of the new law, the highest court rejected the legitimacy of Argentina Enrique Thomas MP stating that "if we were led to, who does not act on behalf of the House, it would result, as noted, on a unreasonable result of a judicial extend to individuals who only not have requested but they even may not share it. "

In connection with the implementation of the injunction ordered by the Federal Chamber of Mendoza after processing a lawsuit filed by the deputy and special appeal in court by the National, the Supreme Court settled that "a precautionary suspend the enforcement of a law with general effect for the entire population, is incompatible with the specific control of constitutionality of laws, powers and split a reason. "

As a result, the final decision of the Argentine high Court states admissible the special appeal and revoke the injunction question. AMARC welcomes the decision that restores a regulation that contains specific mechanisms to limit the concentration of frequencies and and opens the equitable participation of the nonprofit entities and community media.


1 Judicial Information Center Argentina, “Media Law: for the Court, judges can not suspend laws in general ", available at: http://www.cij.gov.ar/nota-4319-Ley-de-Medios--para-la-Corte--los-jueces-no-pueden-suspender-leyes-de-modo-general.html

 

Civil society organizations expressed concern to the law of community radio

A little more then a month passed since the act establishing the Community Broadcasting Services and Citizen, and at this point the Executive is engaged in develop its regulations, were we have actively participated in this discussion process by promoting compliance with international standards in the performance of community broadcasting and the recognition of civil society in its right to communicate, we note the following:

1 .- We reiterate that while this law is a breakthrough for the development of community radio in Chile we find, at the same time, she has several deficits in freedom of expression.

2 .- The laws still exist, as the law of 1994 Minimal coverage, collateral and equitable access to radio spectrum managed by the State, as is given to private radio stations about 95% of the dial and only 5% community radio, which is discriminatory since their access to a public good, considered World Heritage.

These facilities are absolutely essential for the diversity and plurality of democracy, for the expression of the inhabitants of isolated areas, local life and neighborhood, and communities of interest, such as women, indigenous peoples and youth. Likewise, its role is irreplaceable in disaster situations, as demonstrated after the earthquake that struck the country last February 27 where the work of community radio was essential in providing timely information to large sectors.

In this sense, it is necessary to consider the second report to the Human Rights Council United Nations - which integrates Chile as vice-hosted by the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion Expression of this international organization, Frank La Rue, who emphasized the importance of community broadcasting for the exercise of freedom of expression , that's why it's asked to the States the creation of a legal framework for communications based on democratic principles and aiming at access for all social sectors to the radio frequencies equitably.

3 .- The new legislation does turn, beyond the designation of Community Broadcasting Services and Citizen, a conception of community that not only considers regional social organizations, but also communities of interest who seek to influence public opinion, but are not anchored to any territory

4 .- In relation to funding of community radio, the law only considers the possibility to broadcast radio mentions. This is an insufficient condition, and their sustainability must be integrated and understood as a public policy that allows them to persists in time, even those who lack the necessary resources. If this inequity is not corrected, Chile will continue to the sidelines of international standards on freedom of expression and continue to attack the right of the various players to form their own resources and sustain them over time, as enshrined in the Telecommunications Law.

5 .- Regarding the regulations, which is developed by the Department of Telecommunications, it is important to reiterate the recommendations of the Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the OAS, Catalina Botero, in its December 2009 report on Chile, which provides that broadcasting regulatory frameworks should "at least contain the following elements: (a) the existence of simple procedures for obtaining licenses, (b) the requirement is not stringent technological requirements to prevent them, in practice, even that may raise the State an application for space, and (c) the possibility of using advertising as a means of financing

6 .- That's why we the undersigned organizations call on the government to promote a process, involving civil society that can bridge these deficits and in the near future, make the changes this law required to comply with Chile has undertaken obligations under international treaties on freedom of expression and right to information systems in the country

Finally, we note on the negative implications for freedom of expression, which is the maintenance of the preferential duty concessions in the system currently in place for all radio and TV licenses. This legal prerogative, which makes use and abuse of commercial radio, it encourages speculation and concentration of frequencies on the hands of big business, thus becoming one of the most important barrier to the entry of new actors on the media system. This form in no case should be replicated in community radio legislation, intended precisely to expand access to community use and enjoyment of a public good such as radio frequencies. Their maintenance does nothing but perpetuate the unequal distribution and access to radio spectrum.


María Pía Matta.
World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, Latin America and Caribbean, AMARC LAC

Natacha Gómez.
La Radioneta, AMARC Chile

Perla Wilson.
Radio Tierra / Corporación La Morada

Paulina Acevedo.
Observatorio Ciudadano / Red de Medios de los Pueblos

Juan Enrique Ortega.
Eco Educación y Comunicaciones

Raúl Rodríguez.
Radio Juan Gómez Millas / Escuela de Periodismo Universidad de Chile

 

International Special Rapporteurs for Free Expression Highlight Critical Ten Challenges

 

Public Service and Community Broadcasters Public service and community broadcasters can play a very important role in providing public interest programming and in supplementing the content provided by commercial broadcasters, thereby contributing to diversity and satisfying the public's information needs. Both face challenges. We are particularly concerned about:

a) The increasingly frequent challenges to public funding support for public broadcasters. b) The fact that many public broadcasters have not been given a clear public service mandate.c) The lack of specific legal recognition of the community broadcasting sector in licensing systems which are based on criteria that are appropriate to this sector. d) The failure to reserve adequate frequencies for community broadcasters or to establish appropriate funding support mechanisms."

Full text here: http://www.article19.org/pdfs/standards/tenth-anniversary-joint-declaration-ten-key-challenges-to-freedom-of-express.pdf

 

4.- Good news from community radios

   

Bangladesh: 12 Community Radio have Clearance first time in Bangladesh

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC), since its inception, has been advocating with the government and with other organizations for the promotion of Community Radio to address critical social issues at community level, such as poverty and social exclusion, empowerment of marginalized rural groups and catalyze democratic process in decision making and ongoing development efforts.

Today afternoon (3:15 pm ) Initially Ministry of Information, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh has approved 12 Community Radio Initiators for installation and operation of community radio in Bangladesh first time. To ensure free flow of information and people's right to information government enacted Right to Information Act 2009. Community radio approval is a strong step to empower people in this regards.

The main objective of community radio is to provide livelihood related information to the rural communities in an understandable way. Agriculture, education, health, disaster, women and child issues, market price, services, etc. will be cover in the community radio for the community people.

Initially government approved 11 Initiators like Young Power in Action(YPSA) - Sitakunda, Chittagong, Nalta Community Hospital- Satkhira, LDRO- Bogra, BRAC- Moulivi Bazer, Barandro Community-Naogaon, Proyas-Chapai Nababgonj, CCD- Rajshahi, Srizoni- Jhinaidhah, EC Bangladesh- Munsihigonj, MMC- Barguna and RDRS- Kurigram.

One government organization to install and operate Rural Radio in Amtali under Barguna district, a rural community radio will be established by Agriculture Information Service of the Agriculture Department of Ministry of Agriculture.

 

Senegal Polls Results

 

According to a poll published by the Agence Dakaroise d’Etudes Stratégiques et de Recherches done on the media throughout the territory of Senegal from the 26 March to 1 April 2010: • the radio Ndef Leng FM is the first of 60 community radio stations in Senegal (hearing) and 14th on the thirty FM band radios in the Capital (Radio Public Private Commercial and Private Community

 

AMARC ALC receives Social Communication Award

AMARC ALC was distinguished in Perugia, Italy, with the Award for Social Communications.

The jury recognized the impact of community radio in democratizing societies. The award was presented by the Institute of the Agenzia per le ONLUS (Non-profit social utility, by its initials in Italian), the region of Umbria and the International Journalism Festival in Perugia Dobini Palace, capital of the Umbria region . The award was received in Perugia by Maria Pia Matta, Vice President of the World Association of Community Radios - Latin America and Caribbean (AMARC LAC) under the International Journalism Festival.

In four editions, it is the first time that this recognition comes of the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. The award recognizes that "the communication power of the Community Radio becomes an instrument of dialogue, discussion and creation of public opinion about major social and community issues."

He was also highlighted the "mixed use of different means of communication, media initiatives, campaigns and work programs with the objective of reaching wider and complex audiences. " The jury also praised "the continued commitment following earthquakes in Chile and Haiti." On this point the jury indicated that AMARC ALC has developed a major information campaign of support and reconstruction of networks and stations severely damaged. "

The jury was composed by Dante Ciliani, president of the College of journalists of Umbria; Candido Grzybowski, director of the NGO IBASE Brazil, Giuseppe Guzzetti, chairman of the foundation ACRI; Catiuscia Olivero, president of the Umbria region and Andrea Olivero, coordinator Permanent Third Sector Forum. More information on the Pulsar News Agency

 

History was made today

Today history was made when Member Station UG FM became the first Community Broadcaster in Australia to be officially recognised as an Emergency Broadcaster.

SCMA Member becomes the first Community Broadcaster to sign Emergency Broadcasting Memorandum of Understanding Member Station UG FM Alexandra has become the first Community Broadcaster in Australia to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in regard to Emergency Broadcasting.

UG FM and the Victorian Office of Emergency Services Commissioner formalized the MOU in at studio complex of UG FM in Alexandra. UG FM played a vital role in Emergency Broadcasting during the Black Saturday fires and continues to broadcast recovery information to its area. Community Radio has always been involved in emergency broadcasting in as much as when there is an emergency community broadcaster's do all they can to assist.

The President of the Southern Community Media Association, Mrs. Helen Bath said "It is gratifying to see all the work of the past five years come to fruition. The SCMA has had an ongoing commitment to the formalization of community broadcasters role in Emergency Broadcasting for a long time now and we have done all we could to support our members to achieve Emergency Broadcasting Status" CEO of the SCMA Ray Hazen congratulated the team at UG FM and in particular Peter Weeks on this achievement.

Today is a proud day for all community broadcasters" Peter has been part of the SCMA's emergency broadcasting committee that has worked hard to ensure that community broadcasters role in Emergency Broadcasting was formalized. UG FM has made history by becoming the first community broadcaster to gain recognition as an emergency broadcaster in Australia.

There are more stations in the system who will be accredited in the coming weeks as part of a push to ensure that people are better informed in times of emergency. Bruce Esplin, Emergency Services Commissioner said "It's a fantastic outcome to have community broadcasters now being officially recognised by the State as official emergency broadcasters." He went on to say "Community broadcasters can play a vital role in that they can target messages direct to local communities and reach some areas of Victoria where there is no access to commercial or other radio broadcasts" Emergency Broadcasting and community radio really go hand in hand as Community broadcasters have a real commitment to their local community.

They are local vibrant and vital and a valuable part of the fibre of communities all over Australia. There is no doubt that the addition of community broadcaster's to the Emergency Broadcasting MOU can only be beneficial to all in times of emergency and recovery. The Southern Community Media Association remains committed to emergency broadcasting and supporting stations throughout Australia to achieve recognition for the emergency and recovery work they do.

The president of the SCMA said "it is vital that we as an organisation remain at the ready to assist all community broadcasters in times of emergency. It isn't about ego it is about getting the message out in a quick and concise manner and ensuring that listeners are as well informed as possible about the situation at hand. There is no doubt that this is a great achievement not only for the team at UG FM or the SCMA but also for the community broadcasting sector in general.

 

 

5.- Meetings, conferences and trainings

   

2010 Media Forum 2010 Madrid


The Summit of Heads of State and Governments of Latin America and the
Caribbean (LAC) and the European Union helded in Madrid on May 18th
& 19th, 2010. Parallel to this official meeting, the fourth Summit of Pueblos Enlazando Alternativas (People Linking Alternatives) was held in the capital of Spain. During this Summit the participants rejected neoliberal politics and will discuss the free trade agreements between the EU and Latin America, development politics and militarism in both continents. There will also be a Tribunal to judge the function of the power of European multinationals, both in Latin America as well as in their countries of origin. The Summit will be held under the influences of a financial, economic, environmental and social crisis, which has resulted in more unemployment and precariousness in Europe and in more poverty and social exclusion in Latin America.

The Radio Forum take place during four days of activities in Madrid. It’s was joint space for free and community radio stations in Europe and Latin America and was an event that has been successfully developed in previous meetings as the third Enlazando Alternativas in Lima, Peru and the seventh World Social Forum in Belém, Brazil. The Radio Forum is an initiative of technological convergence which integrates the work of community radio stations, networks and other links with New Technologies (ICT). It’s also an exchange project for free information in different radio formats. The Radio Forum has the intention to strengthen the cooperation between radio stations but also other independent media all over the world and to constitute a joint program of independent media which can also produce video or written information. During the event there was live broadcasting on FM in Madrid and the Internet from a studio in the heart of the Summit of Enlazando Alternatives in the same town.

Convenors:

Amarc-Alc, Amarc-Europe, Amisnet (Italia), Cadena Libre, Conacami
Comunicaciones Willanakuy (Peru), Noticias.nl (Holanda), Periodistas en
Acción (Madrid), Pulsar (Brasil), Radio Matraca y Onda (Alemania), Radio
Mundo Real (Uruguay), Red de Comunicaciones Indígenas Apachita (Bolivia),
Unión de Radios Comunitarias de Madrid (Radio Vallekas, Radio Enlace, OMC
Radio, Radio Almenara, ECO Leganés, Radio Cigüeña, Radio Ritmo,Radio
Jabato, Onda Diamante, Radio Fuga, Radio Paloma, Radio Morata).

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Training of Facilitators: Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation in Bangladesh

A three days long training workshop titled, ‘Training of Facilitators: Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation’ has inaugurated today in IDB Bhaban, Dhaka.

The event has organized by Community Radio Academy and Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) (19-21 June 2010) with the support of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The community radio initiators who received government approval to operate station will join the training as a last time preparation for kick-off.

Recently, Bangladesh government approved 14 initiators for installation of community radio stations in different part of the country. This is the first time in Bangladesh history, media diversification is allowed community people to involve in broadcasting. It is a rare occasion for us to promote community participation in media and communication sector, and foster community driven development process in the country. It is high time for initiators to develop capacity in the areas of station management, programming, content development, human resource and financial resource management, business plan development, committee formations, issue based guideline development, volunteer management, and so on.

Community Radio Academy and Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication BNNRC has been leading the community radio initiatives from its inception. As part of this, the training workshop has designed for the station managers and initiators for better understanding and hand-on experience sharing for successful station operation. A panel of practitioners and professionals will be conducted the training based on realistic needs.

We hope after attending the training the target beneficiaries will be able to design their own strategies related to station operation as guided in the policy.

AHM. Bazlur Rahman-S21BR Chief Executive Officer Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) & Head - Community Radio Academy House: 13/1, Road:2, Shaymoli, Dhaka-1207 Post Box: 5095, Dhaka 1205 Bangladesh Phone: 88-02-9130750, 88-02-9138501 01711881647 Fax: 88-02-9138501-105 E-mail: ceo@bnnrc.net, bnnrc@bd.drik.net www.bnnrc.net

Tas Tas elected the new Permanent Council

Throughout the month of March, was nominate one or more positions of the Permanent Council (according to our statutes, a person can not itself be proposed for the post of the Permanent Council, but must be proposed by at least two members persons). Any person associated (except those who are salaried employees of the radio) could be proposed for any office.

83.3% of those eligible to vote participated in the election (56.6% in person and another 26.6% delegating the vote in different people you trust)

There was therefore an abstention rate of 16.6% driven by different causes

There were no invalid ballots and only one of the ballots left blank the part of the presidency was voted by voting for the other three councils

The new Permanent Council of Tas Tas, consists of the following:

President: Andeka Larrea With 96% of the votes cast and 80% of total persons entitled to vote
Vice President: Lur Fernandez With 100% of the votes cast and 83.3% of total persons entitled to vote
Secretary: Sonia Duran: With 72% of the votes cast and 60% of total persons entitled to vote
Treasurer: Aitor Díez With 100% of the issued and 83.3% of total persons entitled to vote




 

6.- Haiti

   

Overview of Sony Esteus Director SAKS
Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of AMARC
the Round Table,
Role of media in Haitian reconstruction
World Day of Press Freedom
May 3, 2010

 

Hello everyone and all.

I thank UNESCO and the IMS for the invitation
I welcome the presence in the room of Mr. Solervicens, Secretary General of AMARC who made the trip from Montreal to attend a PAP conference.
I also welcome the Deputy Coordinator of the AMEK (Asosyasyon Medya Kominotè Ayisyen), Benoit Cilencieux Gros-Morne/Artibonite which left yesterday for being with us this morning.

On January 12, 2010 an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck the Departments of the West, South East, with consequences throughout the country causing over 250,000 deaths, nearly half a million injured and infrastructure destroyed. The losses are immense and irreparable.

And since then we keep talking about rebuilding, overhaul, as say the President R. Preval. But the big question is what reconstruction or recasting he does speak, buildings, private homes destroyed or society? This reconstruction is for the Republic of Haiti or the Republic of Port-au-Prince?

In any event, the general finding is that the reconstruction is a complex process in which communication is essential. Unfortunately reading the PRDN (at least the version that I had access), it seems that national and international policymakers have to much importance to be given to the media.

From our point of view, reconstruction must be first and foremost a social reconstruction ie founded on the person in the sense that we must restore the Haitian men and women in their dignity

Community Radio and Reconstruction

"Manman lide yon radyo kominotè se akonpaye mas popilè yo nan batay pou yon chanjman sosyal " (Ref.: extract text from SKDK for calendar 2009 SAKS which can be translated into English: "The primary mission of community radio is to help underprivileged masses in their struggle for social change ").

This sentence from a community radio station manager reflects the idea that animated SAKS Force in Haiti by initiating the project of popular communication with the main focus the development of community radio as a tool to project a more global social change in favor of the majority ruled and exploited. This change is necessary for strengthening communities by growing their core strengths with vital human capacity, material resources, relationships and dialogue, collective actions, openness, fairness and justice.

Community Radio and human capacity building

In Haiti, community radio is already playing a key role in human development by opening the microphones to the masses especially in remote areas. Acces to information and knowledge are key factors in the fight for poverty eradication and a sustainable development. By allowing the traditional excluded voices community radio help to the, construction of citizen self estime because it is not only for listen but also to be heard.

Tool for popular education, community radio contributes greatly to the awareness of citizens and this has a threefold perspective: the individual consciousness, class consciousness and critical consciousness.

 

The individual conscience: Haitian society has always been based on the exclusion of the majority in all politics, economic and sociocultural. Social exclusion was such that much of the population do not even regarded as human as well as others. This fact can be illustrated by a phrase repeated often enough that in the progressive wing of the Haitian Catholic Church: "travay pou moun vin pi moun". With the work of community radio these people have realized they are human beings because at least they can talk, they have a voice: "I speak, therefore I exist."

Class consciousness: By allowing different communities to listen each other, share their experiences, their problems, their knowledge and expertise, community radio has contributed to the development of class consciousness as citizens of classes have been able to understand that they have similar situations in the same conditions, therefore, they are part of the same class, thus making possible collective action, a vital force to strengthen the community.

Critical Consciousness: With community radio, you can also reach a certain level of critical consciousness in the individual insofar as one aspect of the process of popular education is the constant questioning. Questioning the reality in all these aspects, economic, political, social and cultural for the change.

From the reconstruction of citizenship, physical reconstruction will be more participatory in that decision makers want the participation of all and all.

The Radio community, despite their economic insecurity, continue to support people in training and education on:

The agriculture key sector for any change in the living conditions of the poorest in Haiti, particularly in relation to food security. Community radio will accompany farmers through programs on planting techniques. ...

The health preventive: campaign against STI / HIV / AIDS, health education for the prevention of epidemics...

Environment: The Community Radio also live the problems facing their community and never remain indifferent. Thus, many community radio stations, since the hard times caused by the passage of Hurricane Jeanne, using their airwaves more to educate and raise awareness on environmental issues, and to prevention against disasters. A SAKS we produce more than three years of programming and spots "Chwazi Lavi" (Choose Life) on the ecological and environmental reality of the country to bring people to have another type of conduct with their environment.

Community radio is a key to the prevention or support people after a disaster by allowing the flow of information that contributes to the protection and safety of communities in situations of danger (disaster).

Community radio stations will play a fundamental role in prevention, risk management and reconstruction, to do so they must be able to broadcast in appropriate conditions to train their members and strengthen ties with social organizations that reconstruction is participatory.

Community radio is already contributing and can continue to contribute in the promotion and enhancement of popular culture including the promotion of the Creole language.
Community radio for a reconstruction process based on fairness and justice
Through the programs and education campaigns for human rights, community radio contribute to strengthen the struggle for fundamental rights of all. In some communities the very existence of community radio has enough to reduce violations of human rights. Sometimes radio actively involved in struggles for obtaining free acts of civil status.

 

In the area of gender equity, community radio has been a key part for the empowerment of women through training, empowerment has to be animators, technicians but also and especially in broadcasting programs on the relation social inequality between men and women, programs and campaigns against violence against women.
Conclusion

Overall, we can say that during the last fifteen years, community radio has shown it can play a fundamental role in the fight against poverty and social exclusion and is a key element in strategies for social development , both urban and rural areas.
They can continue to play this role in the reconstruction process if the national and international decision makers are willing that this reconstruction is participatory.

Sony ESTEUS
Director SAKS
Monday, May 3, 2010

 


 

 

 

7.- Coming Activities

   



• 4 – 9 Octobre, 9th Conference Our media, Hyderabad, Pakistan;

• Date to be confirmed, Conference in Haiti;

• Broadcast Campaign World Food Day, October 16;

• 21-24 October, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia CBAA Conferenc;

• World Social Forum of Migration in Quito 12 October 2010;

• AMARC 10 World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters 8-13 November, La Plata Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina;

• Broadcast Campaign for the 16 days of activism against gender violence (23 November - 10 December);

• COP16 United Nations Conference on Climate Change, Cancun, Mexico November 29 - December 10;

 

8.- Resources

   

New Publications in the Section of Written Resources in AMARC Website.


Please visit the new section of publications and written resources such as articles, manuals and others on community broadcasting issues at the AMARC Website http://www.amarc.org Using the wiki platform you can also add new documents or send them to the International secretariat at secretariat@si.amarc.org

Governance

• Report “An Assessment of the Role of Community Radio in Peacebuilding and Development: Case Studies in Liberia and Sierra Leone” Search for Common Ground, July 2009 –English
   – Download the PDF document = =
http://www.sfcg.org/programmes/sierra/pdf/New%20Community%20Radio%20Assessment%20FINAL.pdf

• Informe anual de la Comisión interamericana de derechos humanos 2009, informe de la relatoría especial para la libertad de expresión, Catalina Botero, CIDH, Décembre 2009, 496 pages- Spanishl.
   – Download the PDF document =
http://www.cidh.oas.org/annualrep/2009sp/RELE%20ESP%202009.pdf

Legislation

• Book “The invisible gags: New and old barriers to diversity in radio broadcasting”: The Program of Legislation of AMARC-ALC, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2009, 348 pages –Spanish.
   – Download the PDF document =
http://legislaciones.amarc.org/mordazas/Libro_LasMordazasInvisibles.pdf

Medias

• Community Radio Performance Assessment System (CR-PAS) - par Raghu Mainali, Yadab Chapagain et Bikram Subba CRSC / NEFEJ - Katmandu, 2009, 87 pages – English..
   – Download the PDF document =
http://www.amarc.org/documents/manuals/crpa_book.pdf

Gender

• 2009 World Survey on the Role of Women in Development – États-Unis, New York, Etats-Unis, 2009, 114 pages – English.
   – Download the PDF document =
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/public/WorldSurvey2009.pdf

 

9.- The International Secretariat

   

Flor Maria Balbin, Administrative Assistant
Monica Sahagun, Administrative Assistant
Dominique Legendre, Accountant and Financial Assistant to Projects
Marcelo Solervicens, Secretary General
Ricardo Costa, Project Consultant
Nick Fillmore, Project Development Consultant
Jean Philippe Theberge, ICT Consultant
Armando Navarrete, Webmaster consultant


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