The recently launched UNESCO Community Media Sustainability Policy Series has been created to assist media regulators and government institutions to provide a regulatory environment that recognises the value of community media and supports its long-term sustainability. Read more about it at the EPRA web site: https://www.epra.org/news/regulation-news/news_items/community-media-sustainability-unesco-s-policy-series-targeting-broadcasting-regulators
Community media is an issue which has been on EPRA’s agenda on several occasions. A noteworthy document of the network is the comparative report on Local and Community Media released following a Working Group held in 2013. Most recently, Michael Nicolai, President of AMARC Europe, spoke at the EPRA meeting in Edinburgh in May 2017 and Judith Purkarthofer, President of CMFE, will participate in a workshop at the EPRA meeting in Vienna in October 2017.
CMFE was invited to take part in the annual Civil Dialogue Meeting in Brussels on the 28th of June 2017. The meeting is organized by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Forum and focuses on the Europe for Citizens programme, a scheme that has provided funding for CMFE in the past. Judith Purkarthofer, president of CMFE, stressed the need for citizens to get European experiences, through this program as well as others. Continue reading
Ofcom, the UK radio regulator, is currently consulting on the future licensing and technical policy for the Community Radio sector. The consultation, which closes on the 22nd of December, will look at how future rounds of licensing will be conducted and will examine how best to use additional frequency resources as they become available as some larger services have migrated to digital only delivery. Next year, the regulator also plans to examine options for the further roll-out of additional small-scale DAB multiplexes providing suitable coverage for community radio services. Details of the current consultation can be found at:
Nadia Bellardi just published a follow-up article on the second Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights took place on 17-18 November 2016 in Brussels, dedicated to the topic of ‘Media Pluralism and Democracy’.
Don’t Shoot The Algorithm: http://en.ejo.ch/media-politics/dont-shoot-the-algorithm
Read more on the official Follow-Up (EC) here: http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/just/item-detail.cfm?item_id=51071
CMFE will partner with leading European media organisations in a new project focusing on hate speech and on ways to tackle it through ethical journalism practices and accountable media reporting. Together with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Article19, COMMIT, COSPE, Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and the Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA), CMFE will organise training workshops for individual journalists, journalists’ organisations, media organisations, CSOs, community media and media regulators to counter discrimination and hate speech.
We look forward to presenting the project at the CMFE General Assembly on Oct. 24 in Halle!
CMFE is again present at the September meeting of the Committee of experts on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership, which is a subcommittee of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (Council of Europe, Strasbourg). Board member Lyacout Haicheur, in coordination with several experts and members of the board, acts there on behalf of CMFE and Community Media.
Gabriella Velics, vice-president of CMFE, reports from Barcelona (31 May – 1 June 2016):
“European Citizenship in Challenging Times” was a two days conference organised by the European Commission, in partnership with EUROM, Solidarity Foundation, the University of Barcelona, under the “Europe for Citizens” programme 2014-2020.
The first day was dedicated to panel sessions and discussions on three topics: Continue reading
The Committee of regioanl Development of the European Parliament has adopted a motion on new territorial development tools in cohesion policy 2014-2020: Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) and Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) (Rapporteur: Ruža Tomašić). While media is not explicitely mentioned, Continue reading
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted two important recommendations to better protect human rights and notably freedom of expression online and off line in April aimed to ensure the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists in its 47 member states: Internet freedom and Better protection for journalists and other media actors
EPRA points to a new report by the Reuters Institute , dealing with Public Service News and Digital Media. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford has published a new comparative report entitled “Public Service News and Digital Media” on 29 March 2016. The new report authored by Annika Sehl, Alessio Cornia and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen looks at key public service organisations in six countries (Italy, Poland, the UK, France, Germany and Finland) and documents how they are adapting their newsrooms and strategies to a fast-evolving digital media environment. Continue reading