Research: Religious Radio Stations as Community Broadcasters

Gabriela Velics and Urszula Doliwa, members of the CMFE board of directors, wrote their latest research article on religious radio stations from the perspective of Community Media. It just appeared in “Media and Communication” Vol 3, No 4 (2015): In the Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on the role of community media in promoting social cohesion and intercultural dialogue passed on 11 February 2009 by the Council of Europe, stations run by religious institutions were explicitly excluded from the community media definition, as being too dependent on the Church. But the reality seems to be far from this definition. Continue reading

Video-Library: 32nd Chaos Communication Congress

The 32nd Chaos Communication Congress (32C3) is an annual four-day conference on technology, society and utopia. Among the many talks and contributions, topics like freedom of speech or freedom of communication as well as media policy, hands-on accounts of use of technology in various contexts and participation are raised by researchers, practitioners and hackers from many different backgrounds. After the event in Hamburg, 27. – 30. 12.2016, the majority of the talks can be watched in the impressive media database ( – below some ideas: Continue reading

Spain: Expert Advisory Board on Information and Communication Rights includes Third sector

The Spanish political party Podemos has created an Expert Advisory Board on Information and Communication Rights. Miriam Meda is there to ensure the presence and visibility of the Third Media Sector, along with former members of EPRA, public media, Owen Jones, Armand Mattelart, Beth Costa (International Federation of Journalists…)….
CMFE considers this an important development and great news that a party with increasing popularity is taking media seriously and acknowledging the importance of the community media sector!
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Monitoring Media Pluralism in Europe – Testing and Implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor 2014

MPM-homeSlideIn 2013, the European Parliament earmarked a budget for a pilot implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM).  This tool was initially developed by a consortium lead by the KUL University.  The European Commission awarded subsequently a grant to the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) at the European University Institute, to update, simplify and conduct a pilot-test implementation of the MPM. The CMPF policy report is available here.

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Radiodays 2016 – Special Member Deals available

radiodays2016CMFE will be participating and being a partner again this year – this means, for members a special deal was negotiated for  participants and also volunteers and a panel will be organized by some of our colleagues. More information will be sent to all members by mail – please get in touch with us if you would like to be present / take part and we will get back to you with more information in the next weeks.

UNESCO: Community Media Sustainability: Strengthening Policies and Funding

logo_unescoUNESCO’s international seminar on community media sustainability provided a knowledge exchange platform to strengthen community media and pluralistic media institutions in September 2015 in Paris.This seminar brought together experts and participants from multi-stakeholder communities including broadcasting regulators, community radio networks, academia, and NGOs, as well as from intergovernmental, and international and UN organizations. Good practice case studies and concept papers were be showcased and debated through moderated panels. Continue reading

Community Media Convergence

live-stream_commediaconvergenceThe Community Media Convergence is the first national professional and policy development conference in Canada for community media practitioners from four sectors: community radio , community television, community online platforms, and video games with a social or local focus (sometimes called ‘serious games’). Continue reading

Mariano Cebrián award goes to Radio Rozana

CMFE member Syrian Radio Rozana received the Mariano Cebrián award for the best Radio station project and online Radio. Rozana’s chief editor Lina Chawaf received the award on behalf of the station, on Thursday, in a ceremony organized by Radio and TV “Aragon”, in the Spanish city of Zaragoza.
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European Symposium on Media Policy

On 20th of November 2015, the first European Symposium on Media Policy took place at the Center for interdisciplinary Media Research at Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus, organized by Arne H. Krumsvik and his colleagues. Judith Purkarthofer attended on behalf of CMFE.

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