Community media play a vital role in times of crisis. We are taking our work as providers of information very seriously, especially in this situation, because we consider it politically crucial to accompany this pandemic with a spirit of solidarity and with a critical view of society and a fair perspective. Our role is not to spread panic, but to engage in responsible communication. Providing multilingual information is part of our mandate and a task still inadequately carried out by official sources.
General overview/The main trends
Grass-root activities and the good cases, several local & international players involved but still no legal recognition of community media. This is situation in Ukraine as we see it now. And it is going to be changed according to EU-Ukraine Association Agreement – Ukraine has to implement the European regulations on Audiovisual Services (AVS). And, as a part of this new legislation framework, to establish a community media sector. About 240 municipal TV/Radio outlets will face the procedure of «destatisation»: now they are owned by state agencies/local authorities but need to become public, private/commercial or, probably, community media. And we hope the Association (Ukrainian Community Media Forum) we started last year could be a good platform for community activists to get success.
The maybe last free voice in Hungary will be silenced December 21, 2019.
Started 25 years ago, Civil Radio has seen other free community radios succumb to the increasingly harsh requirements, with very few independent voices left on air in Budapest. Outside of the capital city, community radios have already been forced to give up. On December 21 the latest 5-year license expires and Civil Radio has been informed that they will not be able to get an extension due to, as the communique from the station reads: “minor malfunctions of the radio, without taking into consideration the spirit and values represented by our radio… We will be expelled to the internet.” Continue reading
At the initiative of the Swedish Government and the Hungarian Parliament, the Council of Europe has created a Raoul Wallenberg Prize in order to keep the memory of Raoul Wallenberg’s achievements alive. CMFE, together with four honorable sponsors, has nominated Rozana FM for their achievements – fingers crossed!
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.
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