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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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

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

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!

Lack of funding in Croatia – Call for action

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!

Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the financial sustainability of quality journalism in the digital age

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.

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Council of Europe endorses Community Media

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