Civil Radio: “Continuous attention, publicity, will help us keep our faith, as we struggle to reclaim democracy in Hungary”

The maybe last free voice in Hungary will be silenced December 21, 2019.

Started 25 years ago, Civil Radio has seen other free community radios succumb to the increasingly harsh requirements, with very few independent voices left on air in Budapest. Outside of the capital city, community radios have already been forced to give up. On December 21 the latest 5-year license expires and Civil Radio has been informed that they will not be able to get an extension due to, as the communique from the station reads: “minor malfunctions of the radio, without taking into consideration the spirit and values represented by our radio… We will be expelled to the internet.” Continue reading

Media Literacy for all. Supporting marginalised groups through community media

The Council of Europe has published the background paper Media Literacy for all. Supporting marginalised groups through community media

The study compares five models of community media from Cyprus, Ireland, Luxembourg, Spain and the UK and highlights initiatives and projects in the field of media and information literacy. The importance of community media in helping the growth of an ‘informed citizenry’ is well recognised by the Council of Europe. However, it remains that community media in many European countries still lack formal, legal recognition, fair access to distribution platforms and sustainable funding.The report was prepared by Martina Chapman, Nadia Bellardi and Helmut Peissl for the upcoming Council of Europe Ministerial Conference “Artificial intelligence – Intelligent politics: Challenges and opportunities for media and democracy” scheduled for May 28.-29. 2020 in Cyprus.

 

New Neighbours in Community Media meet in Siena

“New Neighbours” is about people who had to leave their home and try to integrate into a new neighbourhood, new village, new city, new society. Community Media empower the „New Neighbours“ and provide them a place to develop their independent voices and make them heard in public debate. A small group of community media producers and coordinators from all over Europe met in Siena (Italy) to share what has worked well in their intercultural work/programs so far, what is needed to make the programs more sustainable / visible, and to jointly develop some creative ideas for new outreach initiatives on a grass-roots level. This seminar was organized by Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE).
This video report was produced by Senad Hergic of OKTO TV. OKTO is a community television in Vienna, established in the fall of 2005, providing training, infrastructure and support to around 500 volunteer producers.

 

Policy briefs on civil society and spectrum policy

In 2015 Pieter de Wit (Community Media Expert and former chair/board member of CMFE, as well as former member of Pascal Lamy’s European Commission advisory group on future use of UHF spectrum for wireless broadband and TV) was asked to  to sit on the external steering committee for the project “A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance: Does civil society participation in self-regulatory fora promote public interest goals in internet governance at the international level ” Continue reading

Successful CMFE General Assembly in Siena

Thank you for a wonderful CMFE General Assembly – you were numerous, outspoken, entertaining and patient with the business parts of the agenda! The cooperation with the Radio Research Section of ECREA was a great example of practitioner-researcher collaboration and we are looking forward to the next encounters. Continue reading

Keynote on CM: Respectfully researching CM – Participation, Action and Research

Nico Carpentier (Charles Univ. Prague, CZ) and Caroline Mitchell (Univ. Sunderland, UK) were the speakers of the CMFE keynote at the ECREA Radio Research Section conference. A diverse public of researchers and practitioners enjoyed the start into a new conference day, when the speakers advocated for slow (and persisting) participatory research!

Caroline Mitchell at the CMFE / ECREA keynote

Nico Carpentier and the audience at the CMFE / ECREA keynote

Thank you for the slow food for thought!

New Neighbours Workshop at ECREA Radio Research Conference

Logo ECREA 2019 Radio Research Section

The Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena, Italy will host the New Neighbours Community Outreach Workshop from September 18 to 20, in conjunction with the ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019 – Radio as a Social Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society.  

Hosted and produced by CMFE – Community Media Forum Europe, the New Neighbours workshop will bring together fifteen editors and journalists from intercultural radio/TV programmes in community media to brainstorm and develop local, creative ideas to acquire new collaborators and extend audience engagement. The workshop will be led by experienced communication consultant and film-maker Ngalula Beatrice Kabutakapua, who co-foundend Balobeshayi, a social cooperative facilitating the integration of migrants in urban spaces.

The CMFE General Assembly is held on 20th of September, 4 to 6 pm – join us there!

CMFE GA: September 20th in Siena, IT

CMFE will hold its next General Assembly in Siena, 4 to 6 pm, on the 20th of September 2019. We hope to see many of our members there and you find more info in your mail. The GA is held in conjunction with the next conference of the Radio Research Section of ECREA (at the Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena, chaired by Tiziano Bonini, from 19 to 21 September 2019).

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