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Introductory CLP workshop for Nepali CR broadcasters

CLP WS by Anushi 1May 17 3May 2017, Kathmandu: Anushi Agrawal of MARAA, India held a day long introduc- tory workshop on Community Learning Program (CLP) for representatives of commu- nity radio stations in Nepal.  The workshop was held in Kathmandu in May 2017. It covered a general introduction of the CLP process and ways in which it could be used in the Nepali context.

AMARC Asia-Pacific coordinates community radio study tour by Bhutanese community broadcasters

Nepal tour by Bhutan CR  June 17 1June 2017, Kathmandu: A team of seven community radio broadcasters led by representatives of the Tarayana Foundation and Read Bhutan visited community radios in Nepal in an observation tour.  ey visited radio stations that di ered in terms of location, thematic focus areas, management and ownership structures, and participation. Thee team was mainly interested in learning about sustainability of community radio stations and participation of local community members. The community radio sector in Bhutan is only a few years old and it is trying to learn from good practices of community radio in di erent parts of the Asia-Paci c region. Last year, AMARC Asia-Paci c coordinated a similar visit by Bhutanese policy makers and community broadcasters to Indonesia.

PIL on FM Radio: Government Reply Sought

July 2017, India: A public interest litigation (PIL) was led by Common Cause seeking the quashing of the unreasonable provisions in the policy guide- lines and grant of permission agreements of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting of Government of India which pro- hibit the broadcast of news and current a airs content on FM and community radio stations.

On January 12, 2017, counsel for Union of India (UOI) sought time to le the counter a davit. On February 14, 2017, the Court observed that the UOI’s counter a davit highlighted the gradual progress of the policy guidelines in this regard. e counter af- davit contended that the revised guidelines permitted com- munity and FM radio stations to broadcast news and current a airs sourced exclusively from the All India Radio, in its original form or translated into a local language/dialect. The Court, however felt that the government should consider extending the content of news and current af- fairs which was already in public domain. The Court granted six weeks to the govt. counsel to obtain instructions. This matter was posted for hearing on April 5, 2017.

Common Cause in 2013 had led a petition seeking the quashing of the provisions of the Policy Guidelines and of the Grant of Permission Agreements framed by the Government which prohibited private FM Radio and Community Radio stations from broadcasting their own news and current a airs programs on the same footing as television and print media.

(Reproduced with permission from Common Cause, http:// www.commoncause.in/)

Linkage between Community Radios and Family Farmers to be Strengthened

AMARC FAO workshop  BKK  19 21Sept 16 29 29World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the College of Development Communication (CDC) of University of the Philippines Los Baños (CDC-UPLB) have renewed their commitment for jointly promoting communication for development as a key element in agriculture and rural development. An existing MOU between AMARC and FAO since 2008 was recently renewed to further strengthen collaborations and activities at regional and global levels.

AMARC has been selected as the main partner for linking with community radios (CR) working in rural areas, especially in areas where rural agriculture and family farming is dominant. AMARC also brings into this collaboration the capacity of facilitating interactions with and participation of other local partners.

The main goal of this initiative is to enhance capacity of institutions and particularly community radios in the region to include communication for development as a key factor for sustainable development. Improving communication between family farming units and local radio stations is a key element of this initiative.