BNNRC urges revival of CR in Japan
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has written to Sanae Takaichi, Japan’s Minster of Internal Affairs and Communications, to express their concern regarding the immediate revival of community radio in the country.
BNNRC is the apex body of the community media sector to government, industry, regulatory bodies, media and development partners in Bangladesh.In its letter, BNNRC has cited the recent closing down of Radio FMYY of Kobe – a community radio station that was playing a pioneering role in promoting disaster risk reduction, but had to stop broadcasting due to prohibitory provisions in the community radio regulation of Japan.
The regulation, following an amendment in 2011, imposes a highly restrictive condition on community radios, according to which a station cannot stop broadcasting even for a short time.In order to comply, community radios are required to make large investments in backup equipment and infrastructure and remain unsympathetic to difficulties faced by staff members and volunteers. Stations considered to be in violation are dealt with severely.
Source: Asia Radio Today
IIMC to give training on setting up CR stations
With a view to boost Community Radio (CR) the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) will provide consultancy and training on setting up and running CR stations across the country.
The decision was taken at an IIMC executive council meeting on Tuesday. The Institute will set up facilities including purchase of equipment and hiring expert manpower to provide consultancy and training on community radio.
The meeting was chaired by I&B secretary and IIMC chairman Ajay Mittal. According to a statement, Mittal observed that many of the organizations which have received licenses were unable to operate the same in the absence of expertise in content creation and technology.
IIMC DG K G Suresh stated that IIMC has been successfully running its own Community Radio station titled ‘Apna Radio’ since September 2005 and has developed expertise in operationalizing community radio such as content development and mobilizing community around the radio broadcast. IIMC expertise can be effectively used in training human resources on community radio, he said.
Source: Times of India
Co Media Lab gets off the ground
Radio Active 90.4 MHz and Citizen Matters – both community media initiatives in Bangalore, have embarked on an exciting joint collation – The Co Media Lab. An independent and convergent community media platform, the media lab serves as resource centre, newsroom and a space for dialogue and discussions which will have community and citizenry as their contributor. The Lab will also train and mentor community producers/journalists by organising regular workshops on city issues, social issues, citizen journalism, media production, data analysis and other thematic issues of relevance, in addition to providing opportunities for internships.
The lab will explore convergence of media across genre – digital stories, podcasts, radio episodes, video explainers, performances, photography, face to face conversation and discussion. The Co Media Lab, will also host an independent youth platform- Youth Matters, to encourage and amplify youth voices.
Source: CR News Bureau
Threats push Sierra Leonean CR journalist into hiding
Sahr Amadu Komba — The manager of the local radio station Eastern Radio 96.5 FM in the diamond mining town of Koidu, in Sierra Leone’s eastern Kono District, went into hiding from July 27 to July 31, 2016, out of fear of arrest on allegations of inciting the public to protest against the government’s response to floods.
According to news reports, the floods destroyed homes and cut off the road linking the town to the capital, Freetown.
Komba said he began receiving threatening phone calls from police and unidentified men threatening his life after his station aired a conversation with civil society activists on the devastation and cause of a July 27 heavy flood.
The flooding provoked violent protests by angry residents, who blamed it on illegal mining in the area, news reports said.
Source: All Africa