More than 120 community radio activists from 14 Arab countries gathered at the lowest spot on Earth to talk about the challenges of producing, broadcasting and sustaining community owned media, especially radio. A declaration, the Dead Sea Declaration issued by the partcipants called for an "enabling legal and administrative environment that supports and sustains the work of these radio stations in local communities."
Montreal, February 26th 2014. Haiti. President of the Foncodi cooperative and of radio Vwa Kominote Ilavach (Voix de la communauté de l’Île-à-Vache - VKI), Jean Lamy Matulnès Junior has been imprisoned since February 24th at the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince. AMARC International protests against this detention which occurred after a questionable process and calls for his immediate release.
Montreal, February 19th, 2014. ARTA FM community radio has not been allowed to broadcast its program since Tuesday, February 18, following the outbreak in its office of fifteen armed agents of the Autonomous Police of the Syrian Kurdistan (the Asayish, tolerated by the Damascus regime) calling for the closure of the radio broadcasting. AMARC International calls Kurdish authorities of Syria to guarantee the immediate return on the airwaves of the station.