Montreal, May 14, 2015. In recent days, citizens have protested against the actions of oil companies in the region of Al Fawar in southern Tunisia. On May 9, journalists from Radio Nefzawa, a Kebili based community radio station, covering the protests and the visit of the Minister of Industry and Energy in the region were violently attacked by unknown characters and their equipment was broken. At least one journalist suffered a serious injury.
Discrimination, exclusion and violence against sexual and gender minorities are a source of concern. Deeply rooted in their communities and agents of social change, community radio stations play a role of education and advocacy in raising public awareness on the importance of openness to difference. In addition, these radios are working to ensure fair representation of gender and minorities on the airwaves to promote inclusion and tolerance for all. That is why, this year again, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) invite its members to participate in large numbers in the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia by sharing thematic contents.
Journalists like Gmuma are the recipients of reporting stipends or equipment purchased from the 5000 USD raised in a successful crowdfunding campaign to support African Journalists reporting in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The campaign was a first ever collaboration between the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and Hirondelle USA. These organizations have been deeply involved in the fight against the spread of Ebola.