The first AMARC training conference in Tunisia reinforced the development of associative radios In Tunisia

Gafsa, Tunisia, March 15th, 2012. From March 12 to 14, more than 60 representatives from Radio 6, the first Tunisian community radio, Mines radio (Sawt el Manajem) of Gafsa, the three R Internet radio from Rgeb, and other production groups projects from Kasserine and other towns gathered with radios and production groups representatives from Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan as well as with civil society groups representatives from Gafsa during the first training conference on associative radio in Tunisia.
The conference took on a highly interactive form on the initiative of participants, turning it into a space to share experiences and practices and paying tribute to the accumulated experience by the associative and community radios world movement of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters’ network.
The topics tackled included the evaluation of the legislatives progresses in regards to freedom of expression in Tunisia since the democratic revolution and in the lights of the international standards and the challenges of the insufficient progresses regarding the facilitation of the establishment of citizen associative radios both in terms of access to equipment and in terms of getting radio broadcasting licences.
Participants also tackled practical topics linked to content development in accordance with associative radios mission, women’s participation, the definition of the programming, strategies in order to ensure the radios’ durability, deontology code of ethics’ elements and furthered as well the reinforcement of relationships between radios and Internet radio production centers and with other countries of the region and the world.
The first AMARC training on associative radio in Tunisia, organized by radio Sawt el Manajem and AMARC, with the support of Tunisian production groups and radios allowed the concretization in plans of action the debate of the Arab Spring and Community Media, held on March 9 and 10 in Tunis, and relied upon the support and participation of the Community Media Network from Jordan (CMN), International Media Support (IMS), E-Joussour Portal and with the financial support of Oxfam Novib, UNESCO and EED.
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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