Tunisia, March 24, 2013. The 3rd World Free Media Forum (FMML) opened in March 24th 2013 at the Faculty of sciences in the Manar Campus of the University of Tunis with the participation of two hundred representatives of diverse associations and organisations of Tunisian regions, African countries and form othe countries.
The opening ceremony was chaired by M. Salah Fourti Secretary General of the Syndicat Tunisien des Radios Libres (STRL) allowed the organizers of the FMML, including AMARC, Intervozes (Brazil), RITIMO (France), Ciranda (Brazil), Institut Panos West Africa and Hipatia to present the history of the World Free Media Forum (FMML) and recall that its main objective is promote freedom of expression and communication rights, through community radios all over the world.
It was recalled that the 3rd FMML was centered in highlighting community radio, as a media that facilitates the access to the media of the poorest and marginalized population to communications.
M. Gus Massiah member of the International organization Committee of the World Social Forum 2013, saluted the opening of the 3rd World Free Media Forum, in preparation of the World Social Forum 2013 that will take place in Tunis from March 26-30, 2013, and insisted in the complementarily of both movements. There were two events organized in the first day of the 3rd FMML. See the program of the event attached.
Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 150 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983 has been to accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and Cooperation.