May 3rd - World Press Freedom Day


The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), highlights that civil society broadcasters are the new frontier of communications. These women and men broadcasters play a fundamental role in situations of conflict and natural or climate change related disasters; in protecting and giving information to populations and in reconstruction processes. AMARC calls upon States and governments, and press and audiovisual regulatory authorities to respect their engagements for press and audiovisual freedom of expression.

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Community Radios all over the world should be able to develop and work in safe economic and legal environments. Their broadcast rights should be further recognized and reinforced. Community radios are the ones that allow the excluded and marginalized – particularly women and the poor – to express themselves publicly and these should be further recognized by the international community.

May 3rd was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom. In dozens of countries around the world, radios are censored, fined, or simply don’t have a licence to broadcast legally, while journalists and radio directors are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered. After having added, to AMARC request, community media collaborators to the list of journalist to protect by the UN, UNESCO recognized in April 2012 AMARC as an association member. This is a huge victory for community and associative radios.

For the first time ever, Reporters Without Borders is publishing a list of profiles of “100 information heroes” for World Press Freedom Day (3 May).

Chilean Maria Pia Matta, President of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) is included in the same list as the Mapuche, Mireya Manquepillán Huanquil, director of community radio Kimche Mapu.