» The community Radio Broadcasters and Communication Rights
The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, highlights that civil society broadcasters are the new frontier of communications. These women and men broadcasters play a fundamental role in situations of conflict and natural or climate change related disasters; in protecting and giving information to populations and in reconstruction processes. AMARC calls upon States and governments, and press and audiovisual regulatory authorities to respect their engagements for press and audiovisual freedom of expression.
Community Radios all over the world should be able to develop and work in safe economic and legal environments. Their broadcast rights should be further recognized and reinforced. Community radios are the ones that allow the excluded and marginalized – particularly women and the poor – to express themselves publicly and these should be further recognized by the international community.
» The May 3rd World Press Freedom Day
3 May was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom. In dozens of countries around the world, radios are censored, fined, or simply didn’t have licence to broadcast legally, while journalists and radio directors are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered. After having added, to AMARC request, community media collaborators to the list of journalist to protect by the UN, UNESCO just recognized in April 2012 AMARC as an association member. This is a huge victory for community and associative radios.
«New Voices: Media Freedom Helping to Transform Societies»: this is the theme for World Press Freedom Day 2012. On the occasion of the International Conference that will be held in Tunis from March 3th to 5th and organized by the UNESCO, AMARC calls for the freedom to install and to access to the electromagnetic spectrum for radios, in particular for associative and community radios, and a fair frequencies allocation.
» UNESCO Activities
» INRIC Repport (arabic)
» FemLINKPacific's 8th Anniversary Community Radio Campaign coincides with World Media Freedom Day 2012
» Audio on may 3rd (Marcelo Solervicens)
» World Press Freedom Day AMARC calls for a right to communicate for radio broadcasting free, unrestricted and accessible for all!
» Comunicadora Mapuche Denuncia a Chile Ante Organismos Internacionales por Vulneración de Derechos de Libertad de Expresión y Comunicación.
AMARC participates in panels and seminars on legislation and the right to communicate, obstacles to freedom of expression regarding the ownership, use and access.
• May 2nd from 9h to 12h, Film Library/Cultural Center in La Moneda. Plaza de la Ciudadanía
• May 3rd from 9h30 to 14h, House of Representatives, Santiago de Chile, Compañía 1175.
The objective is to build opinions and a position on freedom of expression and community radios since its beginnings, with a focus on the last decade, when a presentation in front of Latin-American human rights commissioners, a representation from the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), appealing the Human Rights Interamerican Convention, succeeded to establish a resource in favour of a Latin-American community radio. Full text
Journée Mondiale de la Liberté de la Presse à Tunis : l'AMARC réclame la protection des équipes professionnelles et volontaires des radios communautaires.
Du 3 au 5 mai s'est tenue la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse dans un lieu symbolique du printemps arabe, Tunis. Une liberté d'expression qui n'est pas acquise dans ce pays, ou des forces réactionnaires entendent imposer un ordre moral désuet, ou des journalistes et des médias sont toujours condamnés, et ou les radios associatives ne sont toujours pas sécurisées par la Loi. Toutefois, avec les efforts de l'AMARC sur le terrain, salués par tous les acteurs, les lignes commencent à bouger. Lire la suite