Journalists like Gmuma are the recipients of reporting stipends or equipment purchased from the 5000 USD raised in a successful crowdfunding campaign to support African Journalists reporting in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The campaign was a first ever collaboration between the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and Hirondelle USA. These organizations have been deeply involved in the fight against the spread of Ebola.
Community radios are a powerful tool in disaster relief situations. They are an indispensable way to provide reliable information to vulnerable population, help the humanitarian relief and ease the fear and worries of the population in tense situations. These radios are deeply rooted in their communities and serve as a focal point for the population to get the services they deserve and need in their language. In emergency situations, community radios can help make a difference.
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2015, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) launches its International legal protection and global advocacy program for the community media sector. Despite great regulatory advancements of the community media movement at the international level, on the national level, the lack of clear legal frameworks, or their complete absence, is still an impediment to the full development of the community media sector as a public space for dialogue and debate.