Media Democracy under pressure – Community Media in Europe (Conference, Vienna)

Community media are situated between public service and private-commercial media organizations. They symbolize diversity, pluralism, participative media production and content of civil society. Community media operate as a space for public, democratized, multivocal debates. Despite their long-standing existence – Austria looks back at 20 years of community radio – they are often left aside of the media policy debate. Continue reading

Final conference: Media against Hate

The European Federation of Journalists is organizing the final conference of the Media Against Hate project in Brussels, on 5 and 6 March 2018. The final conference will bring together around 70 participants including the OSCE media freedom representative Harlem Désir, journalists, media policy makers, civil society representatives, media regulators and other relevant stakeholders. Continue reading

CoE Report published: Spaces of Inclusion

The Council of Europe publication entitled “Spaces of Inclusion – An explorative study on needs of refugees and migrants in the domain of media communication and on responses by community media” has been prepared by experts of the COMMIT Community Media Institute in Austria. We are very happy to finally see the outcome of what has been an ambitious project and hope it will help further support intercultural work in community media.

World Radio Day 2018: 13th of February!

February 13 is World Radio Day, a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radios alike to promote access to informationfreeindependent and pluralistic media. CMFE and its members are celebrating Continue reading

Brush up Community Media: Migration

Gabriella Velics – the leaving vice-president of CMFE – spoke on the occasion of “Conference on Migration and Media Awareness 2017” in Hamburg. The opening panel’s topic was: „Migration: Community Media – an effective tool to foster inclusion and combat racial intolerance.” Find below her edited speech Continue reading

NO to NoBillag – Open Studio Day in Switzerland

On Saturday, February 3rd Swiss radio and TV studios across the country will open their doors to the public to explain how they work and why it’s important to reject the upcoming NoBillag initiative. On March 4th Swiss citizens will decide through a national vote whether to abolish the media reception fee, previously collected through the company Billag (hence the initiative’s name “NoBillag”). Continue reading