AMARC participation in the annual Forum of World Summit on the Information Society

Montreal, May 18th, 2012. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) has presented its annual report on the community media situation on behalf of the sub-group on community media during the follow-up meeting of the line of action C9 on media in the context of the follow-up process of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) which took place in Geneva on May 14th 2012. For more information, click here.

Let’s recall that WSIS had two phases. The first phase took place in Geneva in December 2003 and the second phase took place in Tunis in November 2005. WSIS follow-up was planned to last 10 years. One of the line of action decided during the Tunis Summit conclusions was dedicated to media, Line of action C9, to which AMARC was associated as the moderator on the question regarding community media. This year’s theme for the debate on this point was: "freedom of expression on Internet and social media". This in preparation to the next Summit entitled WSIS+10, which will take place in 2015.

During his intervention, Emmanuel Boutterin, AMARC executive vice-president, gave an account of the developments concerning community media throughout the globe, protection of journalists as well as volunteers working in the radios. The report submitted by AMARC on the current situation regarding community media for the period between May 2011 and May 2012 can be found here.

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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