PIL on FM Radio: Government Reply Sought

on Thursday, 19 October 2017 06:35. Posted in ComdevAsia News

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/)

Interview: Toyoaki Komatsu, Shapla Neer

on Thursday, 19 October 2017 05:43. Posted in News from the region

Chautara 16Jan17 20What inspired Shapla Neer to support community centers in the earthquake affected areas of Nepal?

After the earthquake hit Nepal, we saw lots of governmental and non- governmental organizations engaged in relief works. Even as we tried to support the ongoing initiatives, we realized that there was more to be done. We met many people a ected by the calamity who had not received any help, and they didn’t know where to go to claim help as promised by the state. Inspired by the community center we had established in Fukushima, Japan, after the 2011 earthquake, we decided to open such centers here too. The basic idea of opening the center was to bridge communication gap between community members--especially those a ected by the earthquake, and the stakeholders.

Community Radio Host Centers for Survivors of Earthquake

on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 01:48. Posted in News from the region

CC GorkhaIn a unique experimentation, five community radios in as many districts of Nepal hosted Community Centers within their station premises from August 2015—four months after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country—until March 2017. Inspired by the Japanese experience of running community centers a er the Fukushima disaster in 2011, the main purpose of the Centers was to provide a physical space for the earthquake survivors to spend some peaceful time over tea and coffee, help each other forget the su ering the disaster brought upon them and promote community healing.

Community Radios for Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia

on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 09:01. Posted in News from the region

February 2017, Jakarta: Four AMARC members in the Asia- Pacific region -- FMYY of Japan, JRKI, COMBINE Resource Institution and University of Atma Jaya Yogyakarta of Indonesia have embarked on a collaborative project on ‘Enhancement of disaster risk reduction capacities utilizing community radios on the basis of government-residents’ collaborations in Indonesia.” The project, which officially began from April 2017,is being aided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

AMARC Asia-Pacific is represented in the project steering committee by its board member Imam Prakoso. Imam’s presence in the project will ensure that experiences and knowledge accumulated by AMARC-AP on community radio vis-à-vis disaster Risk reduction bene ts the new project.

The project aims to establish replicable examples of disaster risk reduction through com- munity radios in the selected project areas, with the aim of scaling up later.