Community Radio Network of AMARC Salutes the First World Radio Day

Montreal, February 7, 2012. Community radio members of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) network salute the World Radio Day to be celebrated for the first this February 13th 2012. Community radios are an ever increasing worldwide tier of broadcast and an essential part of radio spectrum. They contribute from the communities to pluralistic media landscapes and to the exercise of communication rights by citizens. For further information on community radio activities for the World Radio Day, please go to AMARC Website.

The decision to declare February 13th the World Radio Day was adopted by UNESCO following a proposal by the Spanish Academy of Radio and a consultation process supported by AMARC. Please find further information in the UNESCO Website and at the Official World Radio Day .

Since it was first established, radio has proven its impact and universality as a media that is available at low cost all over the world.  The main objectives of the World Radio Day are, notably, to raise awareness among the public and the media of the value of radio, including in the context of new media. To encourage decision-makers to support setting-up of sustainable and accessible community radio that facilitates access to voice for the excluded and marginalised. World Radio Day should also provide a networking focus for radio proponents and practitioners worldwide, to exchange ideas, experiences and resources.

Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and Cooperation.

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