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.
On the eve of the opening of the annual conference of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR/AIECS/AIERI), community media broadcasters, advocates, funders, and researchers will gather in Montreal to exchange experiences in multilingual broadcasting and community media initiatives. This public event will bring together community media allies and local practitioners with the goal of strengthening multilingual community broadcasting.
The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) published its annual report this week. Reflecting on a year that has passed, this report showcases the activities pursued by the International secretariat and the regional offices. The media sector is in constant change and the community media sector is no exception. Between tradition and innovation, AMARC accompanied members and partners alike to better equip them to face the challenges ahead.