AMARC in 2014 : between transformation and continuity

Montreal, June 18, 2015. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) published its annual report this week. Reflecting on a year that has passed, this report showcases the activities pursued by the International secretariat and the regional offices. The media sector is in constant change and the community media sector is no exception. Between tradition and innovation, AMARC accompanied members and partners alike to better equip them to face the challenges ahead.

As Francesco Diasio, AMARC's Secretary General, comments: “In general terms, we noticed, in 2014, that the sector is still very often endangered by the lack of access to airwaves and clear regulatory frames, lack of adequate financial resources, lack of homogeneous professional paths, and a mere binary approach to communication rights: new media/old media, public service/commercial broadcasters, digital/analogue, North/South, central/marginal etc.. In 2014, AMARC continued to fill these dualities providing a third model to communication rights, challenging the global processes with local political lobbying, capacity building, campaigns through local perspectives and methodologies.

2014 has seen new progress for community radio in various regions, but there is still a lot of work to do. As María Pía Matta Cerna, AMARC's President, says in her foreword: “Today we are witnessing changes in different parts of the world in support of community radio with the introduction of new laws that guarantee sector recognition, but it is not enough. We need a system that guarantees media diversity, pluralism and the ability and willingness to promote public debates, which is the basic rule of any democracy.

This past year was challenging for AMARC as the organization worked through a transition and harmonization period while maintaining its duties towards partners, members and associates. With 2015 well on its way and AMARC11 approaching, AMARC looks at the future with confidence.