AMARC GA, CMFE GA and Conference

AMARC Europe is holding its GA on the 24th of October, just before the CMFE GA at 6pm in Rathausstraße 3-4, Halle/Saale – and on 25th of October, the AMARC Conference – Community Media in the Media Landscape is taking place at the Hallescher Saal, Universitätsring 5, Halle (Saale). Among the keynote speakers is Community Media UNESCO Chairman Vinod Pavarala and members of the CMFE board will be speaking about current projects and recent developments.
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CMFE General Assembly in Halle/Germany

This year’s CMFE General Assembly will take place on 24th October 2016, 6pm, in conjunction with the Radio Art Festival RadioRevolten and the AMARC Europe Conference “Community Radio as a Tool in the Political Landscape” in Halle/Saale (Germany).

Your participation is very important to us, as we will talk about future plans and strategies, exchange about recent developments in our members’ countries and Europe. As members, you will receive more information shortly. Continue reading

European media against hate speech – Project launch

CMFE will partner with leading European media organisations in a new project focusing on hate speech and on ways to tackle it through ethical journalism practices and accountable media reporting. Together with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Article19, COMMIT, COSPE, Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA), CMFE will organise training workshops for individual journalists, journalists’ organisations, media organisations, CSOs, community media and media regulators to counter discrimination and hate speech.
We look forward to presenting the project at the CMFE General Assembly on Oct. 24 in Halle!

Community media at the Prague Media Point Conference

‘The power of community storytelling’ will be discussed in November at the Prague Media Point Conference: Media and Migration (7-9th of November 2016) in a round table with activists from Refugee Radio Network, Hamburg, documentary film-maker Asha Siad from Canada and other engaged speakers. Moderated by Nadia Bellardi.

Find more information on the conference here:

Media pluralism and transparency of media ownership – Strasbourg

COE_Logo_Quadri_1_CMFE is again present at the September meeting of the Committee of experts on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership, which is a subcommittee of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (Council of Europe, Strasbourg). Board member Lyacout Haicheur, in coordination with several experts and members of the board, acts there on behalf of CMFE and Community Media.

Fundamental Rights on ‘Media Pluralism and Democracy’

CMFE board members submitted statements and suggestions to the Public consultation – 2016 Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights on ‘Media Pluralism and Democracy’ by the European Commission.

The purpose of the public consultation was to feed into the second Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights which will take place on 17-18 November 2016 as the Colloquium “will explore the multiple links between a free and pluralist media space on the one hand and democracy on the other hand. The freedom of media and a plurality of voices in society and in the media are indispensable preconditions and essential safeguards of well-functioning democracy. Freedom and pluralism of the media are enshrined in Article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental rights, and are at the core of the basic democratic values on which the Union is founded.”


First book on community radio in Polish

okladka-rotatedCMFE’s secretary Urszula Doliwa just published the first book on Community Radio in the Polish language: Radio społeczne – trzeci obok publicznego i komercyjnego sektor radiowy (Community radio – the third along public and commercial radio sector), Olsztyn 2016, 332 pp.
We are of course very proud and happy to provide you with a brief description in English below and the link to the original: Continue reading

The Radio Conference 2016: Transnational Radio Encounters

Continuing the series of Transnational Radio Forums, the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University, in collaboration with the HERA Collaborative Research project Transnational Radio Encounters (, and an international committee in association with the MeCCSA Radio Studies Network is pleased to host the 2016 edition of the Transnational Forum at Utrecht, 5-8 July 2016

CMFE member Peter Lewis and Caroline Mitchell are organizing the pre-conference on Tuesday, 5th of July. Speakers include Dan Cissokho (station manager of Peterborough Community Radio, UK), Larry Macaulay (Refugee Radio Network), Anne Ostendorp (N1, Nijmegen) with Ahmad Naffak (Syrian journalist) and comments by Judith Purkarthofer (CMFE).

Refugee Radio Network

The first grassroot Radio Station by Refugees for Refugees for education and integration understanding seeks support to obtain equipment and means to be able to work in Hamburg, Germany. Larry Macaulay, one of the founding members, has spoken in several panels, organized by CMFE members, across Europe. Continue reading