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 11 issues a year, CMFE’s newsletters will have six 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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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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