Joint press release: NoBillag in Switzerland

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CMFE joins EBU, EFJ and AMARC Europe: European Media Organizations express support to Swiss public service and local TV and radio stations: Freedom of information at risk through the NoBillag-initiative

Community media are essential for a pluralistic media landscape, in Switzerland and elsewhere. We hope to see Swiss community radios continue to fulfil their important societal functions: support of non-mainstream arts & culture, inclusion of minorities and marginalized communities, as well as commitment to intercultural integration.”, added Judith Purkarthofer, President of CMFE.

Read the full press release here: Statement_NoBillag_140218

World Radio Day 2018: 13th of February!

February 13 is World Radio Day, a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radios alike to promote access to informationfreeindependent and pluralistic media. CMFE and its members are celebrating Continue reading

Brush up Community Media: Migration

Gabriella Velics – the leaving vice-president of CMFE – spoke on the occasion of “Conference on Migration and Media Awareness 2017” in Hamburg. The opening panel’s topic was: „Migration: Community Media – an effective tool to foster inclusion and combat racial intolerance.” Find below her edited speech Continue reading

NO to NoBillag – Open Studio Day in Switzerland

On Saturday, February 3rd Swiss radio and TV studios across the country will open their doors to the public to explain how they work and why it’s important to reject the upcoming NoBillag initiative. On March 4th Swiss citizens will decide through a national vote whether to abolish the media reception fee, previously collected through the company Billag (hence the initiative’s name “NoBillag”). Continue reading

CMFE at the RRN Conference on Migration and Media Awareness: Media against Hate

The third CMFE media literacy workshop part of the Media Against Hate campaign took place at Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik in Hamburg on November 23rd – 24th as a pre-event to the Conference on Migration and Media Awareness.

A round table discussion on the topic of “Empowerment and protection of women journalists and media makers” opened the media literacy workshop. Birgitte Jallov, Director of Empowerhouse and CMFE Board member, presented good practices for women’s empowerment through community media with case studies from Mozambique and Lao PDR. Continue reading

Successful GA 2017

Thank you for taking part in our General Assembly in Hamburg on the 25th of November! We are happy to welcome new members of the board and we are glad to have your input on our action plan for 2018.

Thank you to Refugee Radio Network and all partners for organizing a great conference – find more here: https://www.cmma2017.info/

Zukunftswerkstatt Community Media 2017 #zwcm2017 in Hamburg

From 23rd to 26th November 2017, the Bundesverband Freier Radios – BFR the association of free radios in Germany and national organisation member of CMFE – invites to Hamburg, Germany, to attend this year’s congress, the Zukunftswerkstatt Community Media 2017. In discussions, workshops and lectures, #zwcm2017 offers a joint exchange on media policy, radio practice and technology. The main focus will be on possibilities of trans-regional editoral cooperations, concepts of children’s and youth radio programs, the possibilities of self-organization and the creation of access to Free Radios.

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IAMCR 2017 Conference in Cartagena, Colombia

Community Communication and Alternative Media Section Report

The 2017 IAMCR conference in Cartagena was particularly successful for the Community Communication and Alternative Media Section (COC). Researchers enjoyed a large, diverse and very lively program: Highlights included a panel on Indigenous media in Colombia and reaching out in Cartagena with the out of venue session at the Teatro de Bellas Artes with the panel ‘Knowledge and dialogue on streets and for resilient neighborhoods: Young communicators and the right to a healthy life’. Salvatore Scifo, member of the CMFE expert group, has written a report about the section. Continue reading