CMFE at Council of Europe 70th Anniversary Conference in Belgrade

CMFE delivered a presentation on Community media promoting local engagement across generations on May 24th in Belgrade, at the International Conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Council of Europe, organized by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia. The Conference focused on the implementation of Council of Europe instruments and standards in the field of media and information and host ed several members of the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI), where CMFE has an observer status since 2008. Continue reading

NEW NEIGHBOURS – a new project promoting intercultural media spaces

www.newneighbours.eu will provide factual information and real stories on migration – press release, May 20th, 2019

Migration policy is one of the hottest topics on the political agenda of the upcoming EU elections on May 23-26, when up to 400 million EU citizens will select their representatives in the EU Parliament for the next 5 years. In a climate of increasing populism and disinformation, the New Neighbours website, launched today, aims to provide factual information and real stories on daily life in an intercultural European Union. Continue reading

EU Elections coming up! Go vote!

On 23-26 May 2019, millions of citizens across the European Union will be electing a new European Parliament. And what a time for Europe it is! The entire European project and the values the Union is based upon are being challenged from all possible directions, both outside and inside. Its a fragile time for Europe and the outcome of the election is hard to predict. One thing is clear: advancing social justice, human rights, equality and inclusion will not get any easier.

If you are entitled to vote – go vote! Also for the many that do not have a say because they are children, refugees, foreigners, … Continue reading

3rd of May: WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

May 3, initiated by African journalists only 28 years ago, gives us an annual occasion to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. Continue reading

Local broadcasting in Ukraine – Update

Ukraine has a new President, who will be given time to find his feet and ways to turn his popular promised real.

Before the Presidential elections, the media reform which has been prepared for the past three years, had taken an important step forward with civil society’s claim for community media to be clearly highlighted in the reform process. Referring back to the first ever national community radio day held in December 2018, the press release of the ‘Media- and Civil society development NGOs’ suggested the establishment of a joint working group led by the State Committee on TV&Radio Broadcasting, with the representation of all the relevant experts, public servants and NGOs. Together this group should draft the new legislation framework on Audiovisual Media Services and meet the Action Plan of EU-UA Association Agreement. Continue reading

Prague University: Intl Seminar on CM

On 3rd of May, Nico Carpentier, Vaia Doudaki, Jan Křeček, Henry Loeser, Helmut Peissl and Lucia Škripcová will speak at an international seminar on Community Media at the Univerzita Karlova in Prague, Czech Republic. Find more info here: 3MayPoster

Nico Carpentier will also, along with Caroline Mitchell, deliver the CMFE keynote at the Radio Research Section conference in Siena in September 2019. Look out for more news coming soon!

Across Generations – Meet the speakers for the Sunday Special Focus Workshop at Radiodays Europe 2019

According to a recent study by the European Journalism Observatory (EJO), European journalism is largely a male affair, despite the fact that in many of the 11 countries surveyed women make up around half the number of journalists and more women than men are choosing journalism as a career.

Community radios show us a different picture. Young women (and men), often with a diverse background, are at the forefront in producing news, live reports, in-depth features, music shows and podcasts. Women are also leading some of Europe’s most progressive community radios as managers. We have invited some of them to Lausanne to talk about their work, share ideas and inspiration, within the framework of the Across Generations workshop. Continue reading

CMFE Member: Radio Rozana (France)

Rozana is an independent, politically and religiously non-affiliated media. Its programs discuss Syrian issues and strive to give voice to all different viewpoints. Rozana aims to be a voice supporting democratic values, and encourage the adoption of the concepts of citizenship and justice in Syria. Rozana stresses the fact that Syria comprises a wide spectrum of Syrians of all colours. Rozana also seeks to create a professional journalistic culture by highlighting the humanitarian, social, and political issues in Syria. Continue reading