Presentation / Debate: Religious stations as community broadcasters

potsdam_1 8th November 2014, Potsdam:
Gabriella Velics (University of West-Hungary) and Urszula Doliwa (University of Warmia and Mazury)

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. The features of community media are characterized in this document as follows:

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*Our Voice Our Power: Booklet out*

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) represents
the community electronic media *[Community Radio | Community TV |
Community Film]* sector to Government, Industry, Regulatory Bodies,
Media, Academia and Development Partners from 2000. BNNRC is in Special
Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United
Nations since 2010 & accredited with UN World Summit on the Information

We are pleased to present you our booklet titled *Our Voice Our Power: Empowering Women through Community Media in Bangladesh* (pdf) a publication that presents highlights in the professional and personal achievements of 12 young women that recently completed a community media fellowship at community radio stations. The program was designed and implemented by BNNRC in cooperation with 11 community radio stations and supported by Free Press Unlimited.

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Citizen Media Awards in Münster/Germany


„Work-Life-Balance“ and „Citizen Media for democracy and tolerance“ – these topics were treated by this year’s winners of the German Citizen Media Awards.
Winner: Audio: Franziska Klemm and her project group (Eisenach)
Winner: Video: Christian Schega and Kristiana Förtsch (Ludwigsburg)
Winner: International Video: Carina Lassek (Münster)
Winner: International Audio: Heiko Alfers (Wilhelmshaven)

Find more info (in German) here:

Download research article about Cypriot community station MYCYradio

logo-mycyMember of CMFE expert group, Nico Carpentier, recently published an article entitled “The cypriot web radio MYCYradio as a participatory mélange. Overcoming dichotomies in the era of web 2.0″

“This article is aimed to study the meeting point of online and audiovisual media by analysing a Cypriot community radio station that exclusively uses web streaming, but that still is embedded in the architecture and materiality of the more “traditional” audiovisual media.”, the abstract says.

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ECREA Radio Section, Lisbon 2014


First things first: The Radio Section at the ECREA conference in Lisbon opened on Friday, 14th of November, with a panel on community radio – presenters were Peter Lewis (London), Eleanor Shember-Critchley (Manchester), Judith Purkarthofer (Vienna), Rosemary Day (Limerick), Salvo Scifo (Istanbul) and Tiziana Cavallo (Verona). The session was chaired by Stanislaw Jedrejewski (Warsaw).

Final MEDIANE European Encounter in Brussels

mediane-logoThe final MEDIANE European Encounter started today in Brussels and will last until Friday, 14 November 2014. CMFE was one of the main partner organisations of this unique joint Council of Europe and EU media programme. If you want to folllow the dicussions about diversity inclusiveness in the europan media and get first information how to use the new developed selfmonitoring and action tool “MEDIANE Box”, just read our Storify collection of tweets and pictures below or follow #mediane_be tweets, if you are on Twitter:

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BFR congress 2014 in Berlin/Potsdam


Under the full moon, BFR has started its Zukunftswerkstatt (more infos here: in Berlin with a discussion on ‘Participation in community radio – media access and alternative approaches to broadcasting’. Discussants were AMARC’s Sally Galiana, Frank Zimmermann (speaker regarding media politics in the Berlin government, SPD), Jochen Fasco (director of Thüringen’s media authority) and Heiko Hilger (media expert). The discussion was led by Michael Nicolai (Radio CORAX, Halle).

Tomorrow we are moving on to three days of discussions, workshops and exchange in Potsdam… including the CMFE General Assembly, Friday at 2pm.