Newsletter

With a mission to advocate for and raise awareness around the importance and role of community media, CMFE uses our newsletter as a point of regular contact with members and others interested in press freedom, diversity and media pluralism. All CMFE newsletters will cover action and news within our three thematic goal areas: (i) Legal, enabling environment -advocacy; (ii) Communication and Visibility; and finally, (iii) Action for Cooperation and Change. Our final ‘Classifieds’ section covers information on relevant events, calls and publications from within and of importance to our sector.

With 10 issues a year, CMFE’s newsletters will have five annual thematic issues, giving CMFE experts, board members and others interested, an opportunity to go more in-depth with some of the ever-changing issues of importance for our sector.

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July 2020

COVID-19 has given community media around the world an opportunity to document the special value of trusted community communication for behaviour change and transformation in a crisis situation – and quite a number of decision makers are step-by-step realising this. Documenting the change brought about by Community Media may be hard, but tools to carry out assessments of the value of community media have been developed in Austria and in Ireland, where research and documentation focus on their social benefit and public value. And we share a change-story from Luxembourg, where Radio ARA can tell about recent high level meetings for legal change. In Bosnia Herzegovina, we report how OSCE plans to increase support to community media, and you can read about recent changes in Switzerland’s national Community Media Association after their AGM. And inspired by the Irish and Austrian Annual community media days we ask whether we should consider An Annual European Community Media Day?”. We also share the dates of the next CMFE Annual General assembly to take place in Luxembourg October 9-10, and inform about CMFE’s recent joining GFMD (200 partners from 70 countries) to support and to benefit from a global press freedom platform, through which CMFE has joined hands in the #HoldTheLine coalition. July’s CMFE member portrait is Near FM from Ireland and then you find the usual stuff: highlighting CMFE’s strategic priority areas: (i) Enabling environment; (ii) Visibility and communication and (iii) Action and coordination. Enjoy!!!

June 2020

BLM in London 2020

In Europe we have for long known, tested and documented how community media counter racism and discrimination. The Corona crisis has propelled the community potential and impact of community media to the fore in many parts of Europe. We need this power more than ever! June’s newsletter has therefore a focus on one of CMFE’s priority projects in the field of countering racism, namely ‘New Neighbours’, sharing access to the documentaries sharing ways of bridging gaps. And as always, we share information about upcoming events, new publications for inspiration, and relevant calls. Enjoy!!!

May 2020

Picture of Radio FRO, Austria

Photo credit: FRO Petra Moser

Under the heading “Without Press Freedom, no community media” CMFE’s May newsletter addresses the intensifying “disinfodemic” where independent and community media are facing unprecedented existential challenges. CMFE therefore joined 150 other press freedom advocates in an urgent appeal to all those in a position to support journalism organisations and independent media. And we report from UK, Austria and Denmark, where community media are receiving state support to make it through the emergency. We also this month share information of relevance to community media in our three thematic, strategic goal areas: “Strengthening the enabling environment”, “Visibility of Community Media” and “Action and Cooperation for Change”. In our Classifieds section, we present new publications for inspiration, relevant calls and upcoming events. Enjoy!!!”

April 2020

TOPSHOT - A pregnant woman wearing a face mask as a precautionary measure walks past a street mural in Hong Kong, on March 23, 2020, after the citys Chief Executive announced plans to temporarily ban the sale of alcohol in bars and restaurants as a measure to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. - Hong Kong will ban all non-residents from entering the city from midnight on March 24, 2020 in a bid to halt the coronavirus, its leader says, as she unveils plans to stop restaurants and bars serving alcohol. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

(Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)

The April 2020 issue of the CMFE newsletter provides resources in support of community media in the Era of the Coronavirus including advice on how to secure quality reporting – remembering the gender lens – and tools to secure filtering out disinformation. We share information about platforms where abuses by Governments under the cover of the Corona Virus can be reported. Furthermore, wonderful information on funding sources for media squeezed by the Corona realities collected by the GFMD, are shared, along with change stories from Bangladesh, Freiburg/Germany, Zurich/Switzerland and Olsztyn/Poland. Radio listening has increased dramatically during the past Corona-weeks, and the (multi-lingual) voices of community media are more important than ever! Read more!!!

March 2020

Women workingColored by the advent of Corona and the thousands of bigger and smaller cancelled Women’s International Day events, this March 2020 newsletter reflects the multitude of reports of the situation of women and media and tools for improving the unsatisfactory situation as among others reflected through the Beijing+25 review documents. With a focus on ensuring a better enabling environment in the (community) media for women, the issue furthermore covers events and publications, and it presents a new board member, a new member of our Experts group and our sector’s new EU commissioner, Věra Jourová.

February 2020

New Neighbors Team 2020The February 2020 issue highlights the action carried out during and after the CMFE Annual General Assembly, and the new board’s work to become operational.

The issue reports on the activities carried out within the three CMFE thematic goal areas, and it reports from ongoing projects, training activities, conferences around Europe, including the New Neighbors project (see photo).

The new classifieds section at the end includes events, calls and recent publications on Community Media

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