On the anniversary of the brutal attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo we, the undersigned, reaffirm our commitment to the defense of the right to freedom of expression, even when that right is being used to express views that some may consider offensive. The Charlie Hebdo attack, which left 11 dead and 12 wounded, was a horrific reminder of the violence to which journalists, artists and other critical voices are subjected in a global atmosphere marked by increasing intolerance of dissent. The killings inaugurated a year that has proved especially challenging for proponents of freedom of opinion.
The World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) offers its best wishes of peace, love and solidarity for the end of the year festivities. Please note that the International Secretariat will be closed from December 23 to January 3. We look forward to continue our collaboration with you all in the new year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016 to all!
As part of its activities in Tunisia, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) has prepared a study on the situation of community radio stations. This work has highlighted a clear change in the policy of the National Office of Broadcasting (ONT) and the National Frequencies Agency (ANF) against community radio stations, especially with the lower costs of frequency allocation, installation and maintenance.