After 2 years of struggle, Radio ARA, Luxembourg’s only nationwide operating community media, presented their case last Tuesday in front of the chamber of deputies. A reform not only of the state’s press funding but also of the funding of “Public Service”-assignments of Radio and TV is being discussed and should be voted in autumn. Luxembourg does not yet recognize the third pillar of the media sector and is under scrutiny because of its lack of media pluralism, its concentration of media ownership and its incapability to represent large parts of the population.
Zlatan Music is the Press Officer at the OSCE Mission to BIH where he heads the Media Freedom portfolio within the Human Rights Sections. In a conversation with CMFE board member Dragana Jovanovic about the effects of COVID-19, he among others stressed the urgent and much needed support to community media in BiH: Continue reading
CMFE is happy to pass on the invitation from the European Commission’s Media Literacy Secretariat to you all and encourage you to engage! You can enter here to become a part of it all: take part in existing events and register your own! The Commission writes: Continue reading
The Hungarian Metropolitan Court dismissed Civil Radio’s legal action at first instance, regarding our frequency usage. It was not prolonged for another five years by the Media Council. Now the station will appeal before the Curia, which is the next level.
Please find Civil Radio’s board’s communique: Continue reading
The Council of Europe has published its study Supporting Quality Journalism through Media and Information Literacy.
This report provides the findings of a study on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) that was conducted in support of the work of the CoE Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ), as well as a series of recommendations from the authors of the study to be considered by member states and other stakeholders.
Nadia Bellardi and Helmut Peissl from CMFE actively contributed to the dissemination of the survey in the community media network and highlighted the unique role of community media in promoting media literacy.
The study notes that: A common feature of the community media initiatives is to provide alternative media for local people and, in particular, for minority communities, and to provide them with the opportunity to actively participate in creating media and by extension learning about the media and developing critical media literacy skills.
CMFE continues its valued engagement as observer at the CDMSI Steering Committee on Media and Information Society of the Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg and its Expert committees.
“The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) is vested with the important mission to steer the work of the Council of Europe in the field of freedom of expression, media and internet governance.”
The Council of Europe has published the background paper Media Literacy for all. Supporting marginalised groups through community media
The study compares five models of community media from Cyprus, Ireland, Luxembourg, Spain and the UK and highlights initiatives and projects in the field of media and information literacy. The importance of community media in helping the growth of an ‘informed citizenry’ is well recognised by the Council of Europe. However, it remains that community media in many European countries still lack formal, legal recognition, fair access to distribution platforms and sustainable funding.The report was prepared by Martina Chapman, Nadia Bellardi and Helmut Peissl for the upcoming Council of Europe Ministerial Conference “Artificial intelligence – Intelligent politics: Challenges and opportunities for media and democracy” scheduled for May 28.-29. 2020 in Cyprus.
CMFE delivered a presentation on Community media promoting local engagement across generations on May 24th in Belgrade, at the International Conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Council of Europe, organized by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia. The Conference focused on the implementation of Council of Europe instruments and standards in the field of media and information and host ed several members of the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI), where CMFE has an observer status since 2008. Continue reading
Ukraine has a new President, who will be given time to find his feet and ways to turn his popular promised real.
Before the Presidential elections, the media reform which has been prepared for the past three years, had taken an important step forward with civil society’s claim for community media to be clearly highlighted in the reform process. Referring back to the first ever national community radio day held in December 2018, the press release of the ‘Media- and Civil society development NGOs’ suggested the establishment of a joint working group led by the State Committee on TV&Radio Broadcasting, with the representation of all the relevant experts, public servants and NGOs. Together this group should draft the new legislation framework on Audiovisual Media Services and meet the Action Plan of EU-UA Association Agreement. Continue reading