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

CMFE General Assembly

This year’s CMFE General Assembly will take place on November 25, 2017 (Saturday) during the Conference on Migration and Media Awareness 2017 in Hamburg (the conference page http://www.cmma2017.info/). Participation and attendance of members in GA is very important for us, as we will talk about future plans and strategies, exchange ideas and share news about recent developments in our members’ countries. Unfortunately, we cannot cover your travel costs but please let us know if you are planning to come.

We invite you to join us in Hamburg or contact us beforehand to contribute with your ideas to our discussions!

Conference on Media and Migration Awareness

 at Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik, Hamburg, Germany – November 24rd – 25th 

The Conference on Media and Migration Awareness is a two-day event jointly organized by Refugee Radio Awareness Network, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Radio e.V Freies Sender Kombinat and Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik. It convenes approximately 250 participants to engage in discussions with key stakeholders (policy makers, educators, social workers, activists, bloggers, journalists, or representatives of communities) around the importance of social empowerment and participation. Continue reading

Community Media Sustainability – Policy Series

A new resource is available, reports Birgitte Jallov, EMPOWERHOUSE and Member of the CMFE board, for community radio regulators – and all of us advocating for enabling legal community media environments: In September 2015 UNESCO called on community media stakeholders, representing governments, regulators, practitioners, NGOs and experts from all regions of the world to come and pool their experience on the challenges when wanting to support Community Media Sustainability – with a focus on policy and funding. Read more here.

The resulting recommendations are addressed to Governments and Regulators, to Community Media Outlets and Associations, and to UNESCO – the UN organization with the mandate on media, and to the international community. Continue reading

CoE: Media regulatory authorities and hate speech in the Balkan

The Council of Europe has published a report on media regulatory authorities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Serbia  and hate speech.

The aim of this publication is to contribute to a wider understanding of the concept of hate speech, what it does and does not constitute, to offer a starting point in terms of providing recommendations and mechanisms for fighting against and preventing it, and to facilitate further efforts and initiatives. It should represent a useful and important tool in further activities of not only media regulatory bodies, but within the discourse of wider societal stakeholders.

Read the full report here: https://rm.coe.int/media-regulatory-authorities-and-hate-speech/16807338f5

Radio Journal: Special Section on Community Radio

Judith Purkarthofer, President of the CMFE, and Urszula Doliwa, Secretary of the CMFE, edited a special issue of The Radio Journal on community radio. Find the table of contents here: Radiojournal_Sept17
We would like to thank all authors, the reviewers and journal editors for their great work and we hope that you will enjoy reading about Community Radio in different countries!

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