Irish media market

Ireland has one of the most concentrated media markets of any democracy, finds the Report on the Concentration of Media Ownership in Ireland by Doughty Street Chambers and KRW LLP, comissioned by Lynn Boylan MEP Oct 2016.

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AMARC GA, CMFE GA and Conference

Bild: Stefan TennerWe had a successful General Assembly in Halle on the 24th of October: Judith Purkarthofer (President), Urszula Doliwa (Secretary) and Henry Loeser were (re-)elected to the Board. Helmut Peissl presented a new project, CMFE is working on with European partners (Media against hate is financially supported by the European Commission, DG Justice and Consumers). Thanks for being with us!

AMARC Europe was holding its GA on the 24th of October, with a new board selected: CMFE sends greetings and looks forward to fruitful cooperations!

At the AMARC Conference – Community Media in the Media Landscape keynote speaker Community Media UNESCO Chairman Vinod Pavarala and members of AMARC and CMFE spoke about current projects and recent developments.
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CMFE General Assembly in Halle/Germany

This year’s CMFE General Assembly will take place on 24th October 2016, 6pm, in conjunction with the Radio Art Festival RadioRevolten and the AMARC Europe Conference “Community Radio as a Tool in the Political Landscape” in Halle/Saale (Germany).

Your participation is very important to us, as we will talk about future plans and strategies, exchange about recent developments in our members’ countries and Europe. As members, you will receive more information shortly. Continue reading

European media against hate speech – Project launch

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!

Media pluralism and transparency of media ownership – Strasbourg

COE_Logo_Quadri_1_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.

First book on community radio in Polish

okladka-rotatedCMFE’s secretary Urszula Doliwa just published the first book on Community Radio in the Polish language: Radio społeczne – trzeci obok publicznego i komercyjnego sektor radiowy (Community radio – the third along public and commercial radio sector), Olsztyn 2016, 332 pp.
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The Radio Conference 2016: Transnational Radio Encounters

Continuing the series of Transnational Radio Forums, the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University, in collaboration with the HERA Collaborative Research project Transnational Radio Encounters (, and an international committee in association with the MeCCSA Radio Studies Network is pleased to host the 2016 edition of the Transnational Forum at Utrecht, 5-8 July 2016

CMFE member Peter Lewis and Caroline Mitchell are organizing the pre-conference on Tuesday, 5th of July. Speakers include Dan Cissokho (station manager of Peterborough Community Radio, UK), Larry Macaulay (Refugee Radio Network), Anne Ostendorp (N1, Nijmegen) with Ahmad Naffak (Syrian journalist) and comments by Judith Purkarthofer (CMFE).

Refugee Radio Network

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

“European Citizenship in Challenging Times” – strengthening community media as a solution

IMG_9855[1]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