December 11, 2011, Bangkok, Thailand. First AMARC Asia Pacific Community Radio Training Forum for Enhancing Capacities of Community Broadcasters for Tackling Climate Change, Fighting Poverty, Promoting Human Rights, and Supporting Sustainable Development was inaugurated today.
We, as community broadcasters, are acutely aware that dominant patterns of production and consumption are causing environmental devastation, resource depletion and extinction of species. The benefits of development are not shared equitably and the gap between rich and poor is widening. Injustice, poverty, ignorance and violence are to be found everywhere, and cause great suffering to people and to the natural environment. In treating information as a commodity and not as a right of peoples, the mainstream media pay more attention to short term gain and the interests of the powerful.
The civil society Portal Maghreb‐Machrek e-joussour, a Forum des Alternatives Maroc (FMAS) program, organizes in collaboration with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the support of International Media Support (IMS), the International meeting « Community Radios: For a Citizen Information » on 5, 6, 7 and 8 December, in Marrakech. This meeting is in line with the project "Community media, for a citizen information", initiated by e-joussour/FMAS and co-sponsored by the European Union.