The International Board of Directors of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters met in Tunisia

Tunis, March 8th, 2012. In Tunis, capital of the Tunisian Republic, located in the North of Africa, in presence of representatives from the five continents, the annual meeting of the International Board of Directors of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) was held on March 7th and 8th, 2012.

On the eve of the first AMARC Conference in Middle East and North Africa under the promising omen of the Arab Spring, and with the firm intention to collaborate with the civil society movement in order to establish democracy in the countries of the region, the AMARC’s International Board of Directors took some decisions regarding its institutional functioning during the next two years.

AMARC decided to establish two new programs at a global level, the first one entitled "Legislation and the right to communicate" aims at gathering the experience in regards of formulation of regulatory frameworks and good practices in terms of public policies proposals that promote community communication and freedom of expression as basic conditions in order to reinforce democracy, in different countries around the globe so the recognition of the right to communicate as a human right can be reached.

The second global program will be the Communication one, which aims to facilitate the circulation of the activities undertaken by AMARC at national, regional and global levels. Let’s recall that AMARC is a network composed of community radio stations and centers of production that gathers more than 4000 members in more than 130 countries.

AMARC’s International Board of Directors committed itself to promote initiatives regarding the right to communicate of indigenous people and minority languages. The meeting ended on March 8th, International Women’s Day, by ratifying AMARC’s commitment for the defense of women’s human rights and gender equity.

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.

Tunisia, March 8th, 2012


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