Community radios are a powerful tool in disaster relief situations. They are an indispensable way to provide reliable information to vulnerable population, help the humanitarian relief and ease the fear and worries of the population in tense situations. These radios are deeply rooted in their communities and serve as a focal point for the population to get the services they deserve and need in their language. In emergency situations, community radios can help make a difference.
Montreal, May 14, 2015. In recent days, citizens have protested against the actions of oil companies in the region of Al Fawar in southern Tunisia. On May 9, journalists from Radio Nefzawa, a Kebili based community radio station, covering the protests and the visit of the Minister of Industry and Energy in the region were violently attacked by unknown characters and their equipment was broken. At least one journalist suffered a serious injury.
Discrimination, exclusion and violence against sexual and gender minorities are a source of concern. Deeply rooted in their communities and agents of social change, community radio stations play a role of education and advocacy in raising public awareness on the importance of openness to difference. In addition, these radios are working to ensure fair representation of gender and minorities on the airwaves to promote inclusion and tolerance for all. That is why, this year again, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) invite its members to participate in large numbers in the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia by sharing thematic contents.