CoE: Protection and promotion of civil society space in Europe

On 28th of November, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a recommendation to member States to take effective measures to protect and promote civil society space: find more information here:
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 28 November 2018
at the 1330th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

Rural women becoming visible through Media Pilot

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

Philippine Community broadcasting: successes despite overwhelming odds

 Amplifying the People’s Voices

Amplifying the People’s Voices: The Philippine Community Radio Experience and Challenges is the latest IAWRT book to be launched and is now available for download.

It narrates the nearly three-decade long history of community radio broadcasting in the Philippines, laying down the challenges it faces in one of the most dangerous countries for journalists in the world.

The 72-page book was launched by the IAWRT President, Violet Gonda, and the editor and head of the Philippines Chapter Jola Diones-Mamangun, in Kampala Uganda. see link below to download.  Continue reading

Working to strengthen women through the media

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.

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Congratulations to all winners: Community Radio Awards UK

Following an inspiring Community Media Conference in Sheffield, the evening was the time for the annual Community Radio Awards celebration: Before the festive evening, where the decoration, the festive atmosphere and quite a few dresses and suits left nothing to be desired, more than 360 entries from over 75 stations had been whittled down to five in each category. Continue reading

Council of Europe MSI-JOQ experts discussed quality journalism and media literacy in the digital age

CMFE is taking part in the Council of Europe’s committee on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ)  which met for the second time in Strasbourg on Sept. 24-25. The committee is tasked to prepare a standard-setting proposal on criteria and measures for promoting an enabling environment for quality journalism, taking account of the current challenges and the role that journalism should continue to play in safeguarding democracies. MSI-JOQ is also preparing a draft study on media and information literacy in the digital environment. Among the experts involved are Nadia Bellardi, independent expert on the committee, and Helmut Peissl, observer on behalf of CMFE. Read more here:


CMFE is relying on the work of individuals and organisations to work towards our goals (see here for our Strategic Plan: CMFE Strategic Plan 2018_external final_July 2018). We are happy to count 41 Individual Members and 57 Organizational Members, of which 25 are (National) Federations or networks, among our members from 24 European countries. Among our affiliate members we counts also individuals and organisations from Africa, Asia and North America.  We aim to present our members in the new section ‘CMFE MEMBERS’, and you can access the profiles by clicking on the bold names of the organisations below.

International Organisations

> AMARC Europe

National Organisations

> Austrian Association of Community Radios / Verband Freier Radios Österreich   > website
> VCFÖ – Verband Community Fernsehen Österreich [Community TV Austria]

> Cyprus Community Media Centre

> DILEM-Danske Idebaseredé Lokale Elektroniske Medier
> SAML- Sammenslutningen af Medier i Lokalsamfundet
> Sammenslutningen af lokale radio- og TV-stationer i Danmark (SLRTV)

> Finnish Community Radio Association (FCRA)
> Förbundet Finlandssvenksk Lokal-TV

> Fédération des Vidéos des Pays et des Quartiers – VDPQ
> Syndicat National des Radios Libre – SNRLs
> Confédération Nationale des Radios Associatives – CNRA

> Bundesverband Freier Radios – BFR
Bundesverband Offene Kanäle – BOK
> Bundesverband Bürger- und Ausbildungsmedien – bvbam

> Szabad Rádiók Magyarországi Szervezete (Federation of Hungarian Community Radio)

> Community Radio Forum of Ireland – CRAOL
> Community Television Association – CTA

> RadUni (University Radio Network)

> Union of Local Public Broadcasters of Montenegro – ULES CG

> Network of Community Media / Red de Medios Comunitarios – ReMC  >website

> Community Media Sweden , >website, unites former members > NRO – Närradions Riksorganisation and > Riksförbundet Öppna Kanaler Sverige

>Göteborgs Närradioförening (Gothenburg Community Radio Association)


The Netherlands
> OLON-Organisatie van Lokale Omroepen in Nederland

United Kingdom
> Community Media Association >website
> Community TV Trust


Community Media Radio- and TV stations, and web-based projects

> Freier Rundfunk Freistadt, Freistadt
> Radio Helsinki, Graz
> Radio FRO 105.0 – Freier Rundfunk Oberösterreich, Linz
> FS1 Community TV, Salzburg

Bosnia and Hercegovina
> Prijatelji Srebrenice, Srebrenica

> CenzuraPlus
> Aktiviraj Karlovac!
> H-Alter Association for Independent Media Culture/ Udruga za nezavisnu medijsku kulturu >website]


> Aarhus Global Media (Indvandrer TV&Radio Bazar, Børne- og Ungdoms Radio&TV(BUT) and Gellerup Radio&TV)

Finland  (Community TV), Helsinki

> Radio Zinzine, Limans
> Association Radio Rozana, Paris

> Radio Corax, Halle
> Radio Z, Nürnberg
> Pi Radio, Berlin
> TIDE, Hamburg
> Migration Heute e.V.

> NEAR Media Co-op, Dublin >website

> Unis@und Webradio, Salerno

Publieke Omroep Amsterdam (Community TV)

> Foreningen Frikanalen (TV-Open Channel)

> Studio 12, Ljubljana

> Associació d’amics de Ràdio Televisió Cardedeu (RTVC)

> Göteborgs Närradioförening, Göteborg

United Kingdom
> Community TV Trust, London
> OX4fm, Oxford
> Siren FM, Lincoln

Research Centers

> Community Medien Institut für Weiterbildung, Forschung und Beratung (COMMIT) >website


> Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS), Central European University, Budapest


> Nemeza



Affililate Members

> BNNRC -Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication

> Youth Awareness Environmental Forum (YAEF/Nepal)

> Sindh Media Community Forum, Hyderabad

> Community Media Network

Payment of memberships fees
Payment of membership fees, and donations, can be done via bank transfer (details in your invoice) via Paypal.