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 →
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 →
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!
On the occasion of the European Week of Media Literacy, the Council of Europe and Reporters Without Borders invite to a conference on the 20th of March in Strasbourg, France. This might be of interest to experts on Media Literacy from Community Media across Europe!
CMFE is happy to support not-for-profit media and cultural initiatives in Croatia, struggling with what seems to be a systematic lack of funding for the third or not-for-profit sector. Despite very positive developments in Croatia, there is a severe lack of funding specially in connection with European funding schemes, i.e. the European Social Fund, where postponements have taken place and kept media initiatives without access to tenders.
We wrote a letter to the ministry of Culture and we are hoping for a swift response to work together towards a sustainable, independent media scene!
In a Declaration adopted today, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers encourages states to put in place a regulatory and policy framework that facilitates the operation of quality journalism, while not constraining media outlets’ editorial and operational independence. Recommended measures include a beneficial tax regime, financial support schemes and the possibility of media outlets to operate as not-for-profit organisations and receive donations from philanthropic programmes.
The Council of Europe recognises the value of community media as a source of local content, cultural and linguistic diversity, media pluralism, social inclusion and intercultural dialogue.
It endorses the commitment of community media to media and information literacy, through the development of critical and creative thinking and active participation in media content production. Continue reading →
For those of you who are interested in or work with life stories and mediated stories in community media: Undocumented Storytellers: Narrating the Immigrant Rights Movement offers a critical exploration of the ways undocumented immigrants in the United States harness the power of storytelling to mitigate the fear and uncertainty of life without legal status and to advocate for immigration reform. Continue reading →
The Council of Europe MSI-JOQ Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age is carrying out a study to identify and analyse activities and projects that help people recognize and value quality journalism in the digital age.
The committee would be very grateful if you could complete this survey and share your experiences in community media. Continue reading →