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!
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
The Kenya Rural Women and Media Project 2018 is now rolling out, IAWRT Kenya, has begun inducting a women’s group in Western Kenya.
Headed by the CMFE board member Birgitte Jallov, IAWRT’s new priority committee and work area ‘Rural Women and Media’ started out July 2018. During the IAWRT regional conference, the pilot project between IAWRT and the Blue Light Star Women’s Group based in Ndivisi village, in Bungoma County, Kenya.
Blue Light Star Women’s group is a highly respected grassroots organisation because of its success with savings and credit cooperatives, dairy and poultry projects and more recently, branching into establishing a common market for their products to increase income for the participating women by cutting out the middle men.
The Blue Light Star Women’s Group were found to be yearning for a platform to share their success stories, which could inspire others in Kenya to engage in similar activities to better the quality of their lives. Continue reading
The international Association of Women in Radio and TV held its bi-annual members’ meeting in Entebbe, Uganda October 2-5, 2018. CMFE board member Birgitte Jallov took part in the meeting. Her reports on different initiatives can be read here in the next days…
The nearly 50 participants from 20 countries from all continents, shared and compared experience, strategies while planning for action.
The CMFE board, facilitated by board member Birgitte Jallov, has worked on our strategic plan in the first half of 2018: it was presented at the GA and we are proud to share it with you:
CMFE Strategic Plan 2018_external final_July 2018
Together with our members and partners, we are working towards our vision: “A society where community media are recognized and supported as important inclusive sites for dialogue, debate and learning, owned by the communities, and where all citizens have access to freely address issues of concern.”
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We are glad to announce that the Committee of Ministers at the Council of Europe adopted on 7th of March 2018 the Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)1 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership. Continue reading
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
From 23rd to 26th November 2017, the Bundesverband Freier Radios – BFR the association of free radios in Germany and national organisation member of CMFE – invites to Hamburg, Germany, to attend this year’s congress, the Zukunftswerkstatt Community Media 2017. In discussions, workshops and lectures, #zwcm2017 offers a joint exchange on media policy, radio practice and technology. The main focus will be on possibilities of trans-regional editoral cooperations, concepts of children’s and youth radio programs, the possibilities of self-organization and the creation of access to Free Radios.
A new resource is available, reports Birgitte Jallov, EMPOWERHOUSE and Member of the CMFE board, for community radio regulators – and all of us advocating for enabling legal community media environments: In September 2015 UNESCO called on community media stakeholders, representing governments, regulators, practitioners, NGOs and experts from all regions of the world to come and pool their experience on the challenges when wanting to support Community Media Sustainability – with a focus on policy and funding. Read more here.
The resulting recommendations are addressed to Governments and Regulators, to Community Media Outlets and Associations, and to UNESCO – the UN organization with the mandate on media, and to the international community. Continue reading
The first grassroot Radio Station by Refugees for Refugees for education and integration understanding seeks support to obtain equipment and means to be able to work in Hamburg, Germany. Larry Macaulay, one of the founding members, has spoken in several panels, organized by CMFE members, across Europe. Continue reading